I was looking at my accounts to see if they all balance. Well not all of them, but I paid the interest! Well I would say that is balanced enough! We turn to Luke 16:19-24,
["... 19 "There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man's table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 'Father Abraham! ' he called out, 'Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!'...]
We supposed the rich man had all his book balanced! And Lazarus has his balanced and paid some heavy interest in his accounts in this life! When we wrote the story of the two mites, perhaps we quite did not undersand who Lazarus gave out of his poverty and Lord like that gift. The rich man probably gave out of his abundance! Abundance does not please the Lord because he owns everything and who can boast on that? When I was born, I was born a poor child and it was not until I came across this great book, the bible, that I cashed it all in for this wonderful treasure, God's Word!...
I could never convince anyone of anything the bible says, but every time I look into it, its a trip of self discovery! I discovered what had God to do for me and my helpless poverty! And surely Lazarus could relate to this when he was in heaven! But we don't have to wait to go to heaven to cash in this wonderful treasure which God's word reveals. Surely! I promised my friend the bible pays heavy dividends! I discovered it! And you can too! Believe God and it will accredited to your account as righteousness...go ahead...balance your books with God today! Why wait? The dividends are just begging to be taken...Pray God help us believe!...
In looking at something, sometimes there more than meets the eye. I was perhaps looking at what a blog about what children are like, I kind of thought of this blog with the rich and the poor. I thought about little children and who Jesus says in Matthew 5:3,
["...3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...]
And I think about the teachability of children in Matthew 5:5,
["...5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...]
And I would think the Lazarus was childlike to God. Let's take this futher about the poor. Revelations 2:8-11,
["... 8And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death...]
Now things are going good for the poor in spirit at this point, the childlike are really rich!
But what is happening to the apparent rich? We turn to Revelations 3:14-22,
["...14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches...]
Now being rich in this sense in not good and neither is perhaps childlike! And it get worse for the rich in our parable, Revelations 17:3-6,
["...3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration...]
And these people dressed in purple and scarlet color is not good, she is decked with gold and precious stones and pearls and a golden cup full of bad things. And what does God want from all of this, Revelations 18:4-7,
["... 4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow...]
The hauntiness of this group is not childlike at all, trusting in herself, she says, "I sit as queen, an am no widow, and shall see no sorrow...". Hence a very assured group on what they do...