2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 8: The Saints help the Poor

                Paul writes to the Corinthians and encourages them to donate their riches (or a portion of them) to the poor. Even those who don’t have much can give something. Those who give will see that; “…their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.” (2 Corinthians 8:2)

                Paul puts his name on the line for Titus (who would be handling their money). Paul explains that even Christ was poor, but through His giving He became rich in spirit.

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Proverbs 23-24

Proverbs 23-24

Chapter 23: Labor not to be Rich

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” (Proverbs 23:4)

                We should never focus on work as only a means for us to become wealthy. If we become wealthy by our work, then so be it, but it should not be our main focus.

                “…as he thinketh with his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)

                If a man lusts after sex, drugs or alcohol then that is what the man is. This is similar to the idea of “you are what you eat”, we are what we do in private and public.

                “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Proverbs 23:9)

                Fools will not listen.

                “Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” (Proverbs 23:13-14)

                Does this mean we should be children? NO! But we shouldn’t be too easy going either… we need to put some tough love into parenting.

                “…despise not thy mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22)

                When our parents get old, we should still respect them. We should always look out for them, as they have looked after us.

Chapter 24: Listen to Counsel

In a multitude of counselors there is safety. We need to learn to take advice from others! A wise man is strong, and a man of understanding increases that strength daily.

“Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.” (Proverbs 24:29)

Here we see that we are judged on our works and are not just saved by the grace of God alone. We need to remember that if someone has wronged us we cannot always get revenge by doing the same thing to them. Let’s say someone cut off your arm, would it make sense to cut off the arm of the offender? No. This is what the scripture is talking about.

 

Psalms 49-50

Psalms 49-50

Chapter 49: The Glory of the Rich Man will eventually die

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

                “Hear this, all ye people; give ear… My mouth shall speak of wisdom… my heart shall be of understanding.” (Psalms 49:1-3)

                The author then goes on to tell us of an important message; “They that trust in their wealth, and boast of themselves in the multitude of riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom…” (Psalms 49:6-7)

                I think this is very important! Sometimes when people of understanding speak, we ignore them. Men cannot be redeemed by wealth, or ransom God with that wealth. All of the glory of the rich man, the famous man, etc… dies with him. The only thing we take into the next life is our knowledge, experience and wisdom.

Chapter 50: Asaph Speaks of the Second Coming!

A Psalm of Asaph.

                Asaph speaks of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and tells us that the Lord has spoken and in the end He will gather His saints!

“And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself” (Psalms 50:6) God will judge us for our actions while we are here on this earth.