Not all speakers can introduce humor at the beginning of an
address as spontaneously as George Bernard Shaw did when
he appeared before a London audience which had applauded
him vociferously. He stepped to the front of the platform
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The believer should not be intimidated or have any fear, no matter how unjust or how oppressive the rich man might be (v. 16). There is tendency for those who do not have much of this world’s goods to be intimidated by the wealthy who may portray a superiority (v. 17). It is true that the rich may have many friends and be happy while he lives (v. 18) but in a few years he will join his ancestors in the grave (v. 19). The problem is that the rich man’s faith is placed in the wrong thing and is focused on the wrong world. He is like the beasts that perish (v. 20)!
In the end all men, whatever their status in life will die and leave their accumulation of positions behind. In our blatantly materialistic society, many of us expend a lot of time and energy chasing the bucks while denying the reality of our own appointment with death. Since money cannot buy our life of happiness, we need to discover the true source.
What a tragedy it is for a man, whether wealthy or poor, to leave this life without the Lord Jesus as Savior. However, to be rich and fail to invest that wealth where it will bring eternal dividends, is to be poor indeed. Such wealth is like a millstone around a man’s neck, dragging him down to eternal loss.
What do I spend most of my time doing?
_____ Making money
_____ Getting to know the Lord better
_____ Looking for ways to share the gospel
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed --and though you get praise when you do well for yourself-- his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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