In this final teaching of this series, Dr. Don G. Pickney makes clear the sacredness of both the earth (as a whole) belonging to God, as well as each individual part of the fullness of the earth. He says, “In essence, wealth and riches are merely an abundance of Earth’s resources. Since the earth is the Lord’s, the fullness thereof, the world, and all that dwell therein,” then whether it is a small portion or an abundance of it, it remains a sacred thing to God. It is His! And there are only two ways to get it: (1) Legitimately, He gives it to us as a blessing, or (2) we take it illegitimately by plunder or spoil. As the scripture indicates, God always considers wealth in the hands of the heathen (wicked unrepentant world) to be “plunder.”
A few weeks ago we looked at the biblical word, “Bless” or “blessed.”
“Bless” comes from the Hebrew, בּרך bârak (baw-rak'), meaning, “to bestow a benefit upon.” The Hebrew meaning for “blessing – בּרכה berâkâh (ber-aw-kaw'), comes from the same root word, “barak,” but with the added idea of “a pool of benefits, implying prosperity.” The word, “liberal” is also found in the meaning of “and you will be a blessing.” God says he will singularly “bestow a benefit upon” Abram, and it will develop into a “pool of benefits, i.e wealth, prosperity” from which Abram will be able to be liberal to others.
THIS MAKES WEALTH A SACRED THING to God because it is to be derived, not from good fortune (secular plunder), but from a blessing from God.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 AMP “And beware lest you say in your [mind and] heart, My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. (18) But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
In “the blessing of wealth” to His people, God insists on crediting it TO HIM AND HIM ALONE! So how is it that the powerful wicked rich, and the invisible elite of the world have it? In scripture, God always views their riches as “plunder.” The term, “plunder” means:
Miriam Webster - “something taken by force, theft, or fraud : loot.”
In God’s mind, the wicked who hold wealth “plundered” it from Him by usurping it from those to whom He intended it. It was designed to flow from God to those blessed by Him. NO ONE BUT THE RIGHTEOUS WERE TO SHARE IN THE ABUNDANCE OF GOD’S CREATED GLORY - WEALTH! In scripture, God always held it as a sacred thing – a blessing – not fortune by plunder.
All we have to do is trace its owner of “title.” Psalms 24:1 declares, “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world, and all they that dwell therein, for He founded it.”
Haggai 2:6-8 LITV ‘For so says Jehovah of Hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. (7) And I will shake all the nations; and the desirable things of all nations shall come to my house. And I will fill this house with glory, says Jehovah of Hosts. (8) The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says Jehovah of Hosts.’
Get ready to receive revelation as you this teaching by Dr. Don G. Pickney