Jesus Was Rich

A General Analogy

It would be ridiculous to even consider a comparison between the creature and the creator. This is because of the profound dissimilarities that exist between the two. Unless ones intention is to demean, every analogy between the creator and humans will always be inadequate. And yet we seek to bring the Son of man down to the level of human endeavor just because he came in the flesh.

The master will at all times exist at a level that will always be unreachable by the servant. In a nutshell, though elevated in stature, the creature will at all times remain base. This is by no means being prejudicial. It is in logical consideration of the state of existence of the two. In this world of men and women, anything that reasons and walks on two legs like man stands to be judged according to man’s laws. The creator must have known this when he came to earth via the natural way, ate, mingled and lived like us, and grew in stature like we do.

At the end of it all, it clearly emerges that the creator was just trying to reach the creature the best way possible, with a possible risk of rejection. However, the passage of time, logical thought and a synoptic consideration of what transpired when the creator walked on earth, eyes pop open to see things as they are, especially when light is shed upon our hearts.

His Creation

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Our Love for Money

Money is not bad. Rather, it is our love for money that is the root of all evil. (1Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is the root of all evil :..”). Love for money implies placing money before everything else without considering that there are many things that money cannot buy. This tends to water down all other things that are not money, thereby esteeming money.

You must have a few neighbors who won’t look at you because they feel your monetary worth is not equal to theirs. There is good money, for instance, that which is gotten through ones sweat. There is also dirty money, that which is ill gotten i.e. through trickery, theft etc. it is written “From the sweat of thy brow shall you eat”. The Son of man did not shun money, neither did he love it. He only used it. Man is better than money.

Money

The human mind has always tried to relate experiences, encounters and acquaintances with money. There is valuable money and useless money. The former can be put to many uses, while the latter is not even worth the paper on which it is printed. Money as a commodity has little value.

As a means of exchange, money can be valuable. Instead of barter trading, we need a portable means of exchange that is less cumbersome to deal with during business transactions. This means of exchange must be of a higher value than the goods of trade. When used well, money can only be profitable.

When interpreted in religious perspectives, people would have us believe that money is bad. If money is that bad would you be looking for it as earnestly as you do? The Son of man would not have put gold and silver in the earth under your feet if it was that bad. It is recorded in Genesis 1:10 “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good” All that he had made was good. He creates all and conceals better stuff beneath the soil for you to discover. This is the stuff he uses to pave his avenues. The prime implication is that he treads upon the stuff we hold most dear here on earth.

Money Answers All

Your creator has very good things to say about money. He would not have rewarded Abraham with gold and silver if it was not good. All other esteemed generals were rewarded the same way. This is because “Money answers everything”. (Ecclesiastes 10:19 says “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things”). Without this commodity, you cannot do much. Your self-esteem drops.

Society will not want any alliances with you if you happen to be poor. A rich man is heard but a poor man is shunned. Nobility comes with pecuniary ability. Have you considered that your loved one must first consider your ability to provide before they accepted your proposal for marriage? They might deny this now, but believe me, it counts. What would they eat if there was no bread on the table? Even the loveliest couple needs dishes on the table.

The Accountant or Treasurer

When the Son of man walked on earth, he had a treasurer. What exactly was the treasurer or accountant adding up after each gospel crusade? It is clearly recorded that Judas was not only the treasurer, but he was also a thief. Thieves usually steal things of high value like money.

There must have been a lot of money to steal from Jesus, without people noting or without being caught. John 12:6 says “He said this, not because he had any love for the poor; but because he was a thief, and, having the money-bag, took for himself what was put into it”. Every accountant risks being caught if they steal from the little money present in the kitty. Theft from copious supplies of money is likely to go unnoticed. Is it possible that the Son of man was this rich?

Tax

Our governments demand that we pay tax as a way of collecting revenue that is used to maintain public utilities that serve everybody in our society. These charges are usually directed to workers who enjoy public amenities during wealth creation.

Failure to pay tax denies authorities funds for road construction, salary for public servants and provision of other significant services. One therefore needs to make money in order to pay money. Jesus always paid tax. Mathew 17:27 says “…lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee”. You cannot give away that which you do not have.

Cattle on a Thousand Hills

The utterances of the master tell much about the son. Psalms 50:10 says “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills…..if I were hungry I would not tell thee: for the world is mine and the fullness thereof” our imagination of cattle on a thousand hills creates a baffling picture. This is definitely not the picture in a poverty stricken individual’s mind. How often have we seen such cattle?

A hungry poor man will expectedly extend their hand towards you for alms, but not the Son of man. The fullness of the earth is found in him. Was Jesus rich? Yes. Very, very rich indeed, from our world’s perspective.

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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Tracy711,

I'm grateful that you found time to read and leave comments on my hub. God comes first in our lives. We are nothing without him. He is the only one who bestows wealth upon men and women like no other. Nothing good comes into our hands but from him.Whatever we have symbolizes his love for us. You are right in your observation that love for money is the root of all evil. We cannot serve God and money at the same time. Therefore, money remains at our feet. Thanks for passing by and God bless you in all your endeavours.


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Tracy711 4 years ago

I totally agree with the comments written by coming of age. Jesus reason for being here was to teach us how to treat one another how to care and love one another. He did not come here to show us how to get rich. It doesn't say if you have money your are evil it states if you love money more then God or Godly things you are evil. What good is it to be rich have a huge house alot of expensive cars and so that will never be truly yours once you die they are no longer yours. But even more heart breaking is all those cars the big house etc...could have fed millions of children and helped so many people in so many ways. I think only one thing is important and that is God. Money we need but should not love.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Dee,

It was nice to hear from you after a long time. You must be doing well by the ring of your pen's tune. Thanks for visiting and you are right about money. We pile a lot of blame upon the commodity and yet it answers all. As you say, It is love that we ought to direct in the right place. Love for money breeds evil. Please do come again and thanks for your comments and vote too.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

I haven't visited in a while so I thought I would come over. I found this and decided to read a little. This is great. My mother started to teach my sister and me about the value of money....saving, spending, etc. early on and one of the thing she would always say to us is....money is not evil, but to love money at the expense of others....is evil. Whatever you do...do it with honor and always respect others.

I vote the is and useful.


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Ladyjojo,

Glad to note you are still holding on. You got it all right. When the Lord is inside, we got it all. Thanks for checking in


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Cool hub

Ummm hmmm the love of money is really th root of ALL EVILS the things people do to become rich it tingles the ears, they join the iluminati and worship satan for earthly gains and people just fall prey to these modern stars not knowing who is their masters and what they do to get where they are.

That's why the saying says don't envy people never know what they did to get what they have.

Jesus IS VERY rich yes in the spirit and the word of God etc. He wasn't rich in the sense of having a car, big house on earth etc.

Once you have GOD and you believe on him you must be rich indeed.

Thanks for sharing


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi ed77burns,

Thanks for finding time to stop by. You are most welcome


ed77burns 5 years ago

Great hub! I loved it.


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi samsons1,

I'm very glad you passed by. Thanks for your words of encouragement and compliments. Will look out for your hubs too. You are welcome.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written and detailed. I enjoyed the analogy you used and loved the pic of the hibiscus at the front of your article.

blessing...


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Thanks Wbisbill for your encouraging remarks


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Wbisbill 5 years ago from Tennessee USA

We are to seek first the Kingdom of Christ. This is our priority. No one has ever, or could ever define how much money is enough; but I know it is too much when its devotion takes from my devotion to Christ. This can be true for the pauper or the preacher or the rich or Ananias or the St Paul. It is up to us! May God bless you and ...

Maranatha


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Coming of Age 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hi Anjili,

Yeah, we agree that having money is not a bad thing, it's where our perceptions about the money lie that determines it's importance.

As long as God is first in our lives, everything else is kept in its right perspective.

Thanks for the hub.


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Anjili 6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Coming of Age. Thanks for your enlightening remarks. it goes a long way to sober one up. At least we agree on one issue, that is "The love of money is the root of all evil" and that we need money. Thanks again for your contribution to the hub's topic.


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Coming of Age 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Luke 9:58-

"Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." Those are Jesus's own words about which we may see that he was not a rich man. To say different is a misinterpretation, and a lie.

Now I can certainly see where Christ had need of money at times for his ministry, and that there was a bag that (sometimes) contained money that he and his Disciples may have kept with them for purchasing food or clothing (survival money), but clearly that money was also for giving to the poor. See John 13:29. It is certain that Jesus was NOT rich.

In your own article you acknowledge that he sent one of the twelve (Simon called Peter) to cast a net and get 4-drachma coin from the mouth of the first fish he caught. If jesus were "rich" he would not have needed a miracle to produce the coinage, he would have already had the money to pay their taxes...Therefore your analogy doesn't add up. Remember what Jesus said to the Pharisees? "Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." Matthew 22:21. It is only logical then that Jesus would have paid taxes, because it was the honorable thing to do, because the money had ceasar's face imprinted on it, it was ceasars. The verse says also to give to God what is Gods...God has no need of money and Jesus was God.

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon." Mammon is money. "It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven." These things are not to say that we cannot have money, but they are very clear warnings that love of money endangers our souls.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you."

The money given us by God is not ours, but his to command, and this is where danger lies for all of us. If we get too self absorbed with money and it drives a wedge between us and God, he will take it away. God does not want us to live in mansions, while children starve!

Clearly Jesus was no where near what could be called wealthy by the worlds perspective!

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