There is SO much freedom found in the Bible, we shouldn’t HAVE to “spice it up” to “make” it say anything other than what it was INTENDED to say!
The Bible isn’t a Buffet.. it’s a BOOK
I find people quit funny.
Yes, rather than get mad or angry with others, my tendency is to laugh. I especially find people who read the Bible and choose to “buffet style” read it the funniest of all. “Buffet style” Bible readers treat the scriptures independently and only read the parts that they want to hear or learn. (I have been found guilty of this, I am sure)
However, when we take the Bible and dice it up and fillet it, in order to “make” it say something it doesn’t… we begin to have a serious problem. The Bible looses all its power and it becomes an unholy book of agendas. This is the main reason why we encourage others to read the Bible for themselves. Don’t ever depend on anyone to read the Bible for you and ALWAYS read it in its entirety. There is SO much freedom found in its pages, we should not HAVE to “spice it up” to “make” it say anything other than what it was INTENDED to say!
“The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.”
Doesn’t the Bible SAY that Poor People Have NO Value to Add to Society, and are Easily Forgotten?
For years, I was taught that this scripture:
“the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.” Eccl 9:16
Meant that we who are believers should strive to be “rich”, because after all a poor man’s voice will not be heard and he is easily forgotten. Countless times I have spoken to believers who put themselves under bondage to making money, JUST so that the Lord would find them “fit” to be heard. To be honest, I myself have “used” this scripture to prove to myself that seeking out money must be the answer to poverty and it was only in worldly riches that I would be found worthy! Let us look instead at this scripture in context.
The Bible makes the most sense when you read it in context, and in the order that it was intended
When You Read Your Bible, Read it in Context
13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. Eccl. 9: 13-18
Clearly, upon reading this scripture in its entirety, you can see that Solomon was not admonishing the “poor” mans poverty. At the end of the stanza he, (the richest man in history) recognizes that “wisdom is BETTER than strength, and BETTER than weapons of war.” He even goes on to state that those who rule loudly with fools, and get all the attention from even the great king’s, can destroy “much good”. He calls these men “sinners” and says that even ONE of these men can do permanent damage! Whereas the poor wise man SAVED an entire city from ruin!
RICH and WISE
If it is better to be found “poor” and wise, than “rich” and loud… what about being found “rich” and wise?! Isn’t being found “rich” and wise the best of both worlds? ABSOLUTELY. But how exactly are we found “rich”? Jesus said,
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness,for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15-21
The man in the parable, shows his ignorance in the next statement… “I will do this”
Rich TOWARD God
We all must be found “rich toward God”. In the Luke 12:15-21 parable, Jesus tells His disciples that this “rich” man was acting like a fool! While the rich man had been prosperous for a long time and had amassed great wealth, in his great wealth he had formed a serious problem… HE BECAME TOO “RICH”! He started increasing too much! He himself says, “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” Have you ever been found in this situation? Maybe you have gone to the fridge and found yourself having too much food? Too much clothing, too many office supplies, too much furniture… etc. The man in the parable, shows his ignorance in the next statement… “I will do this”
In the time of this mans “problem” (having too much to handle), because he did not seek God first with what to do, he went ahead and built bigger barns. What if the food/harvest was not intended for him? What if the Lord would have blessed the man with more increase, had he sown his current wealth into the lives of his neighbors? The man in this parable assumed what he should do with his increase. He did NOT seek God #1, and in result he was found a FOOL, and DIED the very day that he was celebrating in “his” riches!
“God plus any creature cannot be conceived as better than God alone.”
If you have God… YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED. You are RICH. When we are rich toward God, and seek Him first (Matt 6:33), all our needs will be met and we will live in plenty! The Luke 12 parable is a great example of what happens to people who prosper above the level of their souls (3 John 2). If the parable still doesn’t make sense to you , think of it this way…
Your neighbor goes to the store, and has too much food to fit in their refrigerator. You, have been a great neighbor to them, so they bring over their extra food to you. There is only one problem… you just went to the store! Now you have a full fridge and more food than you need! What do you do? Instead of praying, and asking God’s guidance on what to do, you immediately run to the store… and buy another fridge! Now doesn’t that sound foolish?! We MUST seek GOD in our harvest as well as our seed sowing time!
When one is rich toward God they are confident and know that all of their needs are met, and that HE is the source of all their riches. The houses, barns, food, clothes, money, all of these needs are added unto the man and woman of God who seek the Lord and ask Him for wisdom in every circumstance. The man and woman of God who trust in Him and in His Word, do not have to manipulate His Word to get what they want… they have got what they want, His WORD!
“God plus the world cannot be conceived as better than God alone,
God plus any creature cannot be conceived as better than God alone.” St. Anselm of Canterbury
God’s Blessing’s be on you my friends! Enjoy this life and be in plenty… God IS plenty!
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