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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #52 on: June 11, 2021, 11:39:37 am »
God and Possessions
Matthew 6:19 ďDonít collect for yourselves treasures[n] on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves donít break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
   We know what earthly treasures are, money, possessions like cars, boats, houses, even heirlooms, things that we cannot take with us when we die. (James 5:1-6)  But what are the treasures of heaven?  Psalms 83:3 talks about Godís treasured ones, people are treasures which took me back to the parable (not yet looked at) of the Lost Sheep.  In the parable, the shepherd has 100 sheep but one is lost.  The shepherd leaves the 99 to go look for the one that is lost and when it is found, the real rejoicing begins. (Matthew 18:10-14) Of course there are other such accounts in scripture but the key point here is that true believers are treasures to God and worthy of our rejoicing.  We touched on how believers are treasures in heaven and how rejoicing with God over the lost who become saved is important, but also consider this passage in Mark 16:15-16 and the previous study we did on the salt and light.  We are Godís ambassadors for a reason.  (II Corinthians 5:20)
Godís word is also a treasure we need to store up in our hearts, (Psalms 119:11) as are the promises of God.  (Psalms 119:162) It is little wonder that scripture tells us to study the word, (II Timothy 2:15) as well as hiding His word in our hearts.  (Psalms 119:11-16)  Interestingly enough Jesus is one of the promises of God, the Messiah. (Colossians 2:3)
Another treasure is wisdom from God, (Proverbs 2:1-5) even knowledge of the Living God is a heavenly treasure. (Proverbs 20:15; Proverbs 24:3-4)  The fear of the Lord is not only a heavenly treasure but enhances our heavenly treasures. (Isaiah 33:6; Proverbs 15:16)  The wisdom of God is not out of reach however, it is given to all who ask for it without God finding fault. (James 1:5-6)  Wisdom begins with our fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 9:10)
   The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom but is a treasure all on itís own..  Many people do not understand what the fear of the Lord is.  Psalms 34:11-22 tells us that the fear of the Lord is that which stirs us, drives us to righteousness.  I once heard a Rabbi say that to the Jews, sin was temporary insanity because you would have to be insane to know who God is and still sin.  This is the mentality that is presented in the teaching on the fear of the Lord.  So one of the treasures we can lay up for ourselves is the fear of the Lord, well, the righteousness that follows that fear.
   One of the ways to lay up for yourself treasures in heaven is to give to the poor, but not just giving to the poor but giving from all that you own not just the excess. (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 12:33; Luke 18:22)  Hebrews 11:26 even tells us that reproach because of Christ, is a treasure as well.  We need to Love God more than the wealth we can store up on earth, wealth that we cannot take with us and will eventually disappear.
   Finally, consider II Corinthians 4:7-18, the treasures that are from above, treasures like Christ and the word of God, are stored in earthen vessels.  What are earthen vessels?  Our flesh.  This was designed by God so that the power of God could be revealed through our weakness.  (II Corinthians 12:9-11) which once again takes us back where we started, living out the faith that we have, but let us add here that it is living it out in power and might. (II Timothy 3:5; II Thessalonians 3:6) This happens because our flesh shares in Jesus' suffering so that the life of Christ might also be witnessed.  (I Peter 2:21; I Peter 4:13; Romans 8:17-18; II Corinthians 1:5; II Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; II Corinthians 6:3-13) Life on earth is not suppose to be heaven on earth, (John 16:33; Acts 14:22) but rather an opportunity to show the world not just tell the world the Love and power of the Living God.

 

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