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Summary: THE PERIL FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

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FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

OBSERVATION: THE WRITER OF ECCLESIASTES ADDRESSES MONEY ISSUES. THIS STUDY ADDRESSES THE CORRECT USE OF MONEY.

INTERPRETATION: ECCLESIASTES 5:10 (NKJV) HE WHO LOVES SILVER WILL NOT BE SATISFIED WITH SILVER; NOR HE WHO LOVES ABUNDANCE, WITH INCREASE. THIS IS VANITY.

SOME SUGGEST THAT AS POSSESSIONS INCREASE SO DOES THE DESIRE OF ACQUIRE MORE POSSESSIONS. THIS IS NOT TRUE UNIVERSALLY; HOWEVER, WITH SOME IT BECOMES PROBLEMATIC.

ECCLESIASTES 6:7-9

THE UNCONTROLLED APPETITE FOR MONEY WILL DRIVE YOU. HOWEVER HARD YOU WORK YOU MUST STILL WANT MORE. WISDOM ITSELF CANNOT HELP YOU WITH THIS ISSUE. SOLOMON WAS AN EXTREMELY WEALTHY MAN YET DID NOT ADDRESS THE KEY TO LIFE, FOLLOWING THE LORD’S COMMAND. HE PAID A TREMENDOUS PRICE FOR DISOBEDIENCE (1 KINGS CHAPTER 11).

ISAIAH 55:2 (THE BOOK) WHY SPEND YOU MONEY ON FOOD THAT DOES NOT GIVE YOU STRENGTH? WHY PAY FOR FOOD THAT DOES YOU NO GOOD? LISTEN, AND I WILL TELL YOU WHERE TO GET FOOD THAT IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!

THIS SCRIPTURE EXPRESSES GOD’S CARE FOR HIS PEOPLE THROUGH THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST. HE IS THE BREAD OF LIFE (JOHN 6:35) AND JESUS SAID TO THEM, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. HE WHO COMES TO ME SHALL NEVER HUNGER, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME SHALL NEVER THIRST.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL SUCCESS BUT TO WHAT EXTENT? JOHN 16:26 (NKJV) FOR WHAT PROFIT IS IT TO A MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, AND LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? OR WHAT WILL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?

APPLICATION: “IF ANYTHING IS WORSE THAN THE ADDICTION MONEY BRINGS, IT IS THE EMPTINESS IT LEAVES. MAN, WITH ETERNITY IN HIS HEART, NEEDS BETTER NOURISHMENT THAN THIS” (KIDNER).


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