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19 Will he esteem [`arak] thy riches [shuwa`]? no,
not gold [batsar], nor all the forces [ma'amats] of strength [koach]. KJV-Interlinear
19 'Will your riches keep you
from distress, Or all the forces of your strength? NASB
What is man?
Dust and nothing more. What has
man created out of nothing? Nothing, and
he never will create anything original from nothing.
Man can only use the materials, tools, and talents,
which God has provided. Man has never
provided nor will ever be the provider, of anything.
So whatever wealth, talent, intellect, age,
reputation, authority, power, rank, status and so forth, that man has (or thinks
he has), will never save man from sin.
These things will never save man from death. These things will never advance mans life
even one more single heartbeat.
As we noticed in yesterdays study, God has set and
established a plan. God has presented a
design for the history of humanity. Man
can never alter, modify, change or even cancel that which God has established.
A great deal of it balances on mans freedom to make
his own choices, and thus sin and evil enter into the picture of mans history.
All of those bumper stickers of wishful thinking,
'Imagine all the people ,' 'make love no war,' 'Imagine no war,' 'Get out of
war,' and on and on, are stickers proclaiming the stupidity and ignorance of
those who placed them on their cars.
Man can never free himself of sin. Man can never design anything which will ever
be perfect. Any type of thinking in that
regard is only an expression of arrogant ignorance.
God placed into history, principles by which man can
survive this life and history and continue on to eternity. Wishing them away will never make them go
away. Mans destiny is not for this
world, but for the next life.
Mans beliefs and good intentions will never equal Gods
righteousness and justice or guiding principles of life. Which, by the way, is the only path to
truth. All of mans paths lead to
violence and mans ultimate end. That is
what the Tribulation will finally teach.
All sin, no matter how insignificant, originates from
mans rejection of truth. And all sin
(sin upon sin), goes in only one direction - violence and destruction.
Disregard of truth comes easy when life is good to
you. But remember that life comes to you
courtesy of God and no one else. When life
is good to you through circumstances of birth, circumstances of gifted talents,
circumstances allowing your success through your own hustle, then these things should
be identified as gifts from God and never from the origin of your own
abilities. Of which, by thee way, you
have none. Dust, remember!
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.