Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mining Proverbs About Money and Possessions

Kevin DeYoung gives a wonderful outline on money and possessions from Proverbs.  This would be a good foundation for some nice lessons!

Here are the ten key truths from Proverbs:

1. There are extremes of wealth and poverty that provide unique temptations to those who live in them (Prov. 30:7-9).
2. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’ (Prov. 12:9; 13:7).
3. The rich and poor are more alike than they think (Prov. 22:2; 29:13).
4. You can’t out give God (Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24; 22:9).
5. Poverty is not pretty (Prov. 10:15; 14:20; 19:4).
6. Money cannot give you ultimate security (Prov. 11:7; 11:28; 13:8).
7. The Lord hates those who get rich by injustice (Prov. 21:6; 22:16, 22-23).
8. The Lord loves those who are generous to the poor (Prov. 14:21, 31; 19:7; 28:21)
9. Hard work and good decision-making usually lead to increased prosperity (Prov. 6:6-11; 10:4; 13:11; 14:24;  21:17, 20; 22:4, 13; 27:23-27; 28:20
10. Money isn’t everything. It does not satisfy (Prov. 23:4-5). It is inferior to wisdom (Prov. 8:10-11, 18-19; 24:3-4). It is inferior to righteousness (10:2; 11:4; 13:25; 16:8; 19:22; 20:17; 28:6). It is inferior to the fear of the Lord (Prov. 15:16). It is inferior to humility (Prov. 16:19). It is inferior to good relationships (Prov. 15:17; 17:1).

And then he crafts these themes or principles -- this is good teaching! Help your students learn how to derive principles from the whole of Scripture.

    * You’ll probably acquire more money if you work hard and are full of wisdom. But if all you care about is getting more money, you are the biggest fool.
    * Money is a blessing from God, but you’ll be more blessed if you give it away.
    * God gives you money because he is generous, but he is generous with you so that you can be generous with others. And if you are generous with your money, God will likely be more generous with you.
    * It is wise to save money, but don’t ever think money gives you real security.
    * Wealth is more desirable than poverty, but wealth is not as good as righteousness, humility, wisdom, good relationships, and the fear of the Lord.

And best of all, he ties is back to Jesus Christ by reviewing 1 Cor 1:30-31.  Excellent teaching model!

Read the whole article.

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1 comment:

Sreedhar Jeshurun said...

Hello Sir!

Nice teachings on Money and Wisdom!

Kingdom Blessings!