Summary: What is God’s Economy plan for our lives
It’s Your Economy that is the Problem.
“It’s the Economy, Stupid!” This buzz phrase become very popular during the first President Bush’s administration, and could easily be used today. Today let’s take a look at God’s spiritual economic plan for His people. Let’s start with something we all need, and that is an occupation. The word occupation is a derivative of the word “occupy.” The word “OCCUPY” only occurs twice in the bible, in Ezekiel 29:9 and Luke 19:13. Let’s take a look at both of these passages.
9The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.
St. Luke 19:13
3And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
Ironically the word means the same thing in both passages. It means to busy oneself with, that is, to trade:—occupy.
1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; 3And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty. 4Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty. Ezekiel 27:1-4
Tyrus was a city in Palestine. It was situated to the west at the entrance of the sea, and was a merchant’s paradise. It was a beautiful thing. Have you ever been in a time in your life where things were just going good? It seems liked just everything was going right. Kids were getting good grades, marriage / relationship was going good, you had extra money, and life was just good! You come home from work; dinner was ready (men or women). He or she jumped up to see you, and said, “How was your day, honey?” Life was good! It was a beautiful thing!
Then one day suddenly you realize things have changed! You come home and walk over to get a kiss or a hug, and hear, “Excuse me can you get out of the way, I’m trying to watch this?” “Are you hungry?” Okay, well it hasn’t gotten that bad, until you hear, “Yeah, me too, can you go get something to eat, Victor and Nikki are about to get back together, I love the Young and the Restless, I got to see this!”
NEWS FLASH: These people are not real! They are actors.
Well the same thing happened to the city of Tyrus. Look at Ezekiel 27:27 – 28.
27Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.
Here’s how you know things are really bad. It begins to affect the other folks in the suburbs. As long as the problem is in the city it’s all right, but when problems come to the suburbs, well now we have a problem.
28The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.
Our government didn’t think about any bail out plan until it affected them, or as they call it WALL Street. The poor get a stimulus, but the rich get a bail out plan. The word stimulus means spur, incentive, or to motivate. On the other hand, the wealthy get an entire plan to completely bail them out of the mess they created. Things have been messed up on my street seems like forever, but now that things are messed up on WALL Street, there is a problem.
Here’s the lesson. According to Matthew Henry Commentary, those who live at ease are to be lamented, if they are not prepared for trouble. Let none reckon themselves beautified, any further than they are sanctified. The account of the trade of Tyrus informs us, that God’s eye is upon men when employed in worldly business. Not only when at church, praying and hearing, but when in markets and fairs, buying and selling. In all our dealings we should keep a conscience void of offence. God, as the common Father of mankind, makes one country abound in one commodity, and another in another, serviceable to the necessity or to the comfort and ornament of human life. See what a blessing trade and merchandise are to mankind, when followed in the fear of God. Besides necessaries, an abundance of things are made valuable only by custom; yet God allows us to use them. But when riches increase, men are apt to set their hearts upon themselves, and forget the Lord, who gives power to get wealth.