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In what way has
the Lord spoken of covetousness?
"And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for
a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
What showed this
principle to be strong in the rich man who had already more than he knew how
well to take care of?
"And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build
greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to
my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease,
eat, drink, and be merry." Luke 12:18, 19.
But what did God
say to him?
"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou hast
provided?" Luke 12:20.
of this parable did the Saviour make?
"So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward
God." Luke 12:21.
What does the
apostle call covetousness?
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry." Col. 3:5.
What does he say
the things here enumerated have brought upon mankind?
"For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children
of disobedience." Col. 3:6.
What did Judas'
covetousness lead him to do?
"And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to
betray Him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give
him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him." Mark 14:10,
How does the
lord regard the covetous man?
"For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the
covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth." Ps. 10:3.
Then can God
trust such men to bear responsibilities in His work?
"Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as
fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to
be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of
tens." Ex. 18:21 (1 Tim. 3:2, 3).
What is certain
to follow the desire to be rich?
"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition." 1 Tim. 6:9.
covetousness be one of the specially prevalent sins of the last days?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For
men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers." 2 Tim. 3:1, 2.
What will these
selfish ones be doing for themselves?
"Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a
witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as It were fire. Ye have heaped
treasure together for the last days." James 5:3.
does the apostle give to the rich?
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded,
nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all
things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate." 1 Tim. 6:17, 18.
What does the
Lord say of giving?
"I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support
the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is
more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 (Prov. 11:24, 25).
To whom does the
money we have belong?
"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of
hosts." Haggai 2:8.
Men are simply
stewards of God's treasures. (Luke 16:1-8). As such, what does the Lord admonish
us to do?
"And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting
habitations." Luke 16:9. "As every man hath received the gift, even
so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace
of God." 1 Peter 4:10.
How does God
regard the spirit of sacrifice?
"I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent
from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to
God. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:18, 19.
Whom will Christ
gather to Himself when He comes?
"He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may
judge His people. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a
covenant with Me by sacrifice." Ps. 50:4, 5.
Heaven gave its
choicest Treasure to redeem us. (1 Peter 1:18, 19). Will we not partake of the
same spirit, if we are God's children?
"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified
together." Rom. 8:17.