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7 There is [yesh] that maketh himself rich [ashar], yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor [ruwsh], yet [kol] hath great [rab] riches [hown]. 8 The ransom [kopher] of a man's [iysh] life [nephesh] are his riches [osher]: but the poor [ruwsh] heareth [shama] not rebuke [ga`arah]. KJV-Interlinear 7 There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches, But the poor hears no rebuke. NASB
'Maketh' here means to fake, to pretend, to give off the appearance of something that is not. Some people in the world play the 'keep up with the Jone's' game. They are not well off but the peer pressure that they apply to themselves makes them want more than they are capable of. They want to give the impression that they have just as much if not more, then those around them.
Their focus is on things rather on the truth of life. They are not humble, but lustful. They are not frugal but wasteful and irresponsible. They sacrifice all that is sound in judgment for the prestige of being noticed by others.
They give up their spiritual life, which no one can see, for the details of life, which everyone can see. They live for the attentions of people rather than God.
On the other hand there are those who again fake or pretend their true wealth. They are in fact wealthy by earthly standards, but they hide it so others will not know they have much. They are greedy. After all, others might ask for some of their riches, which they do not wish to share.
They would prefer to be anti-social rather than allow anyone into their private circle or life style. They are self centered, greedy, selfish, uncharitable. They believe that what they have they deserve. They believe that what they have they earned on their own. They have no need of God, nor do they consider Gods role in their status. They too strive to hold that which they have and ignore the Bible which is the source of all that they are and have.
The wealthy or those who would pretend to be wealthy, are targets of attention by others. Lessor persons will sue them if they are vulnerable. Others will be a nuisance to them in order to gain a part of their wealth. Being wealthy comes with responsibility and some degree of notoriety. Wealth can place you in a position wherein you might be called upon to sacrifice all that is important to you in life. Wealth can put you in a position of false security.
Those who are wealthy will be targets of those who have not (thieves, poor folk, etc.). The wealthy may think that they can buy their way out of any predicament with ransoms, with lawyers, and so forth.
To the extent that they rely on their wealth they fail to learn reliance on God.
The poor on the other hand, are seldom targets of others. They sit in the background, unnoticed, and passed by. Life approaches the poor with little interest or so they might think.
The poor have little to rely upon so they can do one of two things. They can fall into a depression or a poor me attitude, and feel sorry for themselves. Or, they can rely on God.
Since they have nothing to help themselves through life and since the jungle will prey on the poor with indifference, the poor have ample opportunity to learn faith and reliance on God. Lacking the wealth and the resources that accompany wealth, the poor have little else to save them in times of trouble.
These principles of life teach us one more thing. Appearances are not to be relied upon. Being wealthy is not a sign of success. Being poor is not a sign of failure. Death knows no status or boundary, and death will take any one person as it will another. In death all discover their true success or failure in life. Unfortunately for those who fail in their spiritual life, that discovery after death will be too late for changes.
Jesus Christ is the source of blessing and judgment. Blessing and the qualification for it, comes while you are alive on this earth. Once you have left this world, then Christ's relationship with you is one of judgment. Your financial status is irrelevant. Your attitude toward Christ is relevant for your life.
Better to be prepared according to His will for blessing, than otherwise.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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