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Lucre's Luster

April 28

"So they took the money, and did as they were taught: ..."  Matthew 28:15

"... those buying Futures neglected to factor Sunday into their portfolio."






Money is an extremely attractive teacher; and her allure has worsted many a man in search of the elusive Masters of Lucre.  It is instructive for us to consider the role riches played in the betrayal of the SAVIOR.  Of further instruction regarding Satan's fall and subsequent war with Heaven, it is said: "By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:"  Regarding that traitor Judas, who: "said unto them, what will ye give me, and I will deliver HIM unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver."   And about those Romans, called on the carpet for failing to guard HIS tomb, the Jewish elders: "gave large money unto the soldiers," in the futile effort to cover up the resurrection.  The Bull Market of Hell was trading high, leading up to that fateful Friday; but those buying Futures neglected to factor Sunday into their portfolio.  "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."  These, and countless others, have discovered lucre's seductive luster to fade; and in the end, she turns out to be a merciless mentor.  Attend her class long enough and it will exhaust the line of credit the Devil has extended you: "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of GOD!"

 The Bible affords ample warning for the child of GOD to avoid being: "given to filthy lucre;"  Paul would remind his young protégé in the faith to: "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living GOD, WHO giveth us richly all things to enjoy;"     Money is indeed amoral, but it seems to defy the inanimate, taking on a strange life of its own.  "... the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful."  If held loosely, riches are a blessing; but if grasped too tightly, it turns to a python, changing the graspee into a grasper capable of strangling the very life of the one who picked it up.

Real and enduring wealth is found in HIS empty tomb, by those who enter in; but denied those who glibly stand without, and profess it undisturbed. 

"Esteeming the reproach of CHRIST greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward." 

For Love of Country
John Jay (1817-1894)
(grandson of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court)
"... the peoples of Europe ... all brought the Bible, for which they and ancestors had been ready to suffer and to die; and their devotion to that Book descended to the Continental Congress, which, a week before it was driven from Philadelphia, ordered an importation of twenty thousand Bibles."

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