GODLY RICHES & WEALTH

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This Menorah lamp stand is 45kg gold from 24 carat gold ready for the Temple for Jesus’ Second Coming. The menorah is a symbol of the light of revelation of God’s Truth. God commanded Moses to make it out of gold according to the pattern shown him on Mount Sinai.  Gold symbolizes precious great value and it is a metaphor for purity in the Bible. The fire in the Menorah represents the fire of the Divine Light spreading throughout the entire world, beginning with Israel. Godliness fire is symbolic of God refining His people so that they may be as fine gold. God is the refiner and purifier so He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. The LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness in Malachi 3:3 with a pure heart and conscience. God does not want people exploited in His Name for any reason. Smelted gold is poured into moulds to remove the dross. The 7 lamps lit on Menorah in Godly Jewish thought, 7 stands for perfection or completion. The Book of Revelation speaks of 7 golden lamp stands in a vision God gave to John: “And I turned to see the voice speaking with me in the midst of 7 golden lamp stands in Revelation 1:12. This seven golden lamp stands represents 7 congregations in Asia Minor in Revelation 1:10–11, 20. God warned, He will remove the lamp stand of a congregation if they continue in sin and refuse to repent. Yeshua Jesus told the church at Ephesus I am coming to you and will remove your lamp stand out of its place unless you repent and become purified like gold in Revelation 2:5. Jesus’ followers grow in obedience shining by love, joy and peace more and more like Yeshua the beacon of hope to make others desire the Source of God’s Goodness.954de5b8df4797733efc3ae117702489

So we must obey the Lord in purity in our attitudes, our speech and our ministry. In the Parasha the Levites who serve God in the Temple had to be cleansed and purified before beginning their ministry. “The LORD spoke to Moses, ‘Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them ceremonially.  Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purification on them, and let them shave all their body and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean in Numbers 8:5–7. God took Levites as His own in place of first born spared during 10 plagues in Egypt. Most defiled their hearts and spirits when they worshipped the golden calf. The Levites did not worship the calf so stayed faithful and true to the God of Israel. So were given reward work of service in the Tabernacle instead of Israel’s first-born sons. Levites from age 25–50 quality to serve in the Tabernacle. After 50 Levites required to retire from active duty. They could stand guard, sing, lock gates and load the wagons but could not serve in the Tabernacle. So in 1 Kings 7:51, when all the work King Solomon was done for King Solomon’s Temple for the LORD, all the vessels, were gold and stored them in the treasuries of the house of Lord. Solomon was so rich he used gold to build parts of the temple decor.

In 1 Kings 10:21, 2 Chronicles 9:20All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon of pure gold so nothing made from silver not considered valuable.  All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. God enriched many people in the Bible so made them very wealthy from the richest man Adam who owned the whole world entrusted to him to other examples of Godly people blessed with great wealth. Solomon was one of the greatest examples in the bible of a person who God blessed with wealth, is King Solomon. It is recorded Solomon surpassed all kings of the earth in riches and wisdom in 2 Chronicles 9:22.  He had so much gold and was so wealthy that in his time the value of silver became worthless in 2 Chronicles 9:20. God gave Solomon, the son of King David, wisdom. and far MORE than understanding heart to judge the children of Israel. God blessed him by making him rich. Solomon the king had God appeared to him and offered to give him anything he asked for in 1 Kings 3:5. He requested wisdom  in verse 9 to fulfil his responsibilities as king over all Israel. God’s response to his selfless request was amazing and unique. in verse 12 God Promised to do what you have asked.So gave Solomon more wisdom and understanding than anyone ever before or ever again. in verse 13 God gave Solomon what he did not ask for: all your life you will have wealth and honour, more than that of any other king in 1 Kings 3:10-13. God not only promised to make David’s son the wisest man ever lived but made him rich. He was the wealthiest king that ever lived made rich through commerce and trading, gifts received, tribute money paid to him and heavy taxation. King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion Geber. Hiram  King of Tyre sent servants with fleet, seamen who knew the sea, to work with the servants of Solomon. And they went to Ophir, and acquired 420 talents of gold in 1Kings 9:26-28. King David was blessed by God yet  praised and worshipped God.  Psalms give insight into mindset of David regarding wealth. He is the one who wrote about God’s seed never begging bread in Psalm 37:25.  He recognised God as provider in Psalm 23:1 and proclaimed in time of famine the righteous would have more than enough in Psalm 37:19. David was a man after God’s own heart in Acts 13:22. David died in old age so enjoyed long life, wealth and honour in Chronicles 29:28.Joseph

Joseph was a prosperous man ever before his material wealth was evident in Genesis 39:2.  In the midst of his challenges, Joseph displayed humility and good moral character.  God remembered Joseph and turned the evil for his good so that by the time he was 30 years old, he was placed as second in command over the whole of Egypt. The bible records that he eventually gathered all of the money in Egypt by selling grain in Genesis 47:14.  Through the wisdom God had placed in him, Joseph was able to foresee the future economy of the land and save the country. Abraham walked with God and was called the friend of God in James 2:23. God likes having super rich friends because the bible states Abraham was very rich in silver, cattle and gold in Genesis 13:2.  God continued to prosper him as he grew greater and God blessed him in every way in Genesis 24:1. He had so many servants so able to form own army to go to battle in Genesis 14:14. Abraham was blessed to be a blessing, his material wealth grew so large he and his nephew Lot had to part ways because the land could no longer accommodate them in Genesis 13:6. Those of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.Isaac like his father, Isaac walked in the Abrahamic covenant blessing of spiritual blessing, material riches,so during a time of famine and dryness Isaac prospered. Whilst others suffered lack, Isaac sowed in the land and reaped a 100 fold harvest same year in Genesis 26:12.  Isaac grew so great the Philistines began to envy him.  He was forced to leave the land yet everywhere he went he carried the blessing with him in Genesis 26:17-32. Job in the bible was a righteous man in Job 1:1.  He was tremendously blessed by God with a wealth of possessions, known as the greatest man in the East in Job 1:3.  Despite turmoil, Job remained loyal so God restored his fortunes giving him double the wealth than before in Job 42:10. despite this wealthy examples, in Matthew 19:23-24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25, Jesus said it is much easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than the rich enter harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.

One of the gates into Jerusalem named “The Eye of the Needle,”was quite difficult to negotiate, because  it was quite small. So Jesus said “for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven was almost impossible to tag along wealth while going through the gates of God’s Kingdom. It is more difficult because they trust and put their confidence in money, assets and riches often more than in God. So this interpretation makes sense because “Eye of the Needle” was indeed a narrow gateway into Jerusalem. Since camels were heavily loaded with goods and riders, they would need to be un-loaded in order to pass through. The analogy is a rich man would have to similarly unload material possessions in order to enter heaven. The point about the narrowness of the gate meant a rich man must off load riches to pass through heaven. So a rich man needs to be free himself of his possessions in order to enter paradise. The eye of the needle used to be in Damascus and was a side gate alongside the main gate of the “street called straight.” This side gate was not intended for passage by animals especially camels carrying side loads.

So impossible for a camel insisting on going through with all the extra baggage not needed for salvation to happen in heaven. Those who cling to wealth above God will not make because they cannot buy God.Jesus often taught using everyday familiar situations to relate the Gospel message to make it simpler to understand and remember. Jesus was indeed talking about an actual needle because the principle of trying to force a camel through the narrow gate is exactly similar to trying to push a literal camel through a sewing needle. The Greek word translated “eye” is a word that literally means a hole. The Greek word translated needle is the word for an actual sewing needle. God has nothing against anyone or a respecter of persons. God treats the rich and poor exactly the same for salvation so does not discriminate against rich people. God, provides the same way Jesus Christ for the rich people to enter Heaven. So it is very possible for a rich person to enter Heaven. The key issue is entry into Heaven by faith in Christ, through God’s grace, mercy, power and trust in Christ. Those putting their confidence or trust in savings account, jobs, pensions, material possessions find it difficult to let go to share with others and trust in God to provide for them.

Some rich people’s source of wealth is displeasing to God because they deprive God’s children from God’s super abundant provisions for all on earth. Jesus says wealth creation must bless all people fairly, Therefore, wealth must not cause sorrow, loss, pain, grief, deprivation by those enriching themselves through greed. Wealth pursuit must not cost earth or destroy people. So genuine wealth creation must choose confidence in God above mere wealth because they cannot serve both God and mammon money riches. It is true it costs millions of dollars to run a church, pay staff, maintain premises and sustain less fortunate yet God is able to Provide. So income for the church is essentially necessary but not sole message of prosperity at the expense of God. Jesus was provided for by rich friends and families who prepared places and meals for disciples. Jesus tells believers to rely on God to provide all needs according to God’s Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. The Rich Fool in Luke 12:13–21 in the Bible was evil, wicked and stingy so refused to share freely yet it is better to give than receive because one grows more God Richer by giving. The rich fool however misunderstood took God’s Rich Provisions as for his greedy self-serving super abundance. He was entrusted as God’s steward to respect and fear of God the owner of all silver, gold and cattle on a 1000 hills as conduit to bless many people. Instead he selfishly aggrandized himself and made more austerity plans to dupe the people. God took his life that same night and called him a rich fool because he had more money than sense. So those in places of authority by audacity putting their trust and confidence in money causing financial hardships, suffering and death by austerity measures God is shaking the nations and coming back to take over Divine rule on earth through Jesus Christ.  Be God Rich to honour God the Great Provider who already provides countless zillions of resources for His priceless creation.

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