As Dr. Don G. Pickney begins this week’s teaching, He declares, “Before this series is complete, I will prove more clearly than I have ever done, that riches do not corrupt righteousness, and that true righteousness is even more glorious with riches!”
Before preparing this teaching, Pastor Don did a Google search: “Christians and riches.” Overwhelming as he search the responses of Christian organizations and ministries, he found over and over again the “warnings against riches; how harmful they could be to the Christian life; and how that (in their collective opinions) the Old Testament was about God blessing His first people, Israel, with their own land, and thus all of their blessings were material, abundant with Earth’s riches. But in the New Testament God gives the Church an inheritance in Heaven, and declares riches on this earth not a blessing for them, but a danger that might draw them away from righteousness and godly living, and thus their Heavenly rewards.”
It is no wonder Christian believers suffer with almost zero support in receiving God’s material blessings. The things they need and could use in abundance to further God’s Kingdom are packaged by the Church with signs warning of disaster ahead if they approach having them.
Although this series will be based around a concept found in Psalms 112, “…wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever,” Pastor Don doesn’t even get to this verse in the first teaching of this series. Instead, he merely lays a foundation enabling greater understanding for next week’s teaching. But THIS WEEK’S teaching is abundant in revelation knowledge from God’s Word as Pastor Don proclaims, “We are preaching Christ, not riches. It is amazing how much of the gospel you can cover preaching ‘The Day of Jehovah Tsaba!’ It is not just about gold and silver, it is about God’s great plan for both the redemption and also the deliverance of His people in the Earth. His people, the body of Christ, once were not ‘a people.’ They were without a covenant in the earth, kept from the blessings of Abraham. But now, thanks to Jesus and the cross, they are ‘the people of God!’ They are God’s ‘elect, set apart, and chosen people!’ To understand it requires us to preach the gospel.”
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church prophesied this great event in his published commentary of the Bible:
John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes – “That the church shall draw, or receive the wealth of nations, and the riches, and power of kings, and whatever is most excellent, and that it shall come freely, and affectionately, as milk flows from the breast of the mother.”
This week’s teaching is filled with glory – both the glory of Jehovah God Himself as it comes upon us – then His “created glory” of the world that His plan calls to come to us. He exhorts us to patience in waiting for the fullness of it to come, and He reminds us of His own long patience for its arrival within the divine sovereign plan, ending in a call that we remember His servant Job, whose patience proved that “the end is very, very good!”
James 5:7-11 AMP “So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains. (8) So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near. (9) Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door… (11) You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the [patient] endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.”
Pastor remind us that this verse is connected to the great event James prophesies for the Church – the greatest orchestration of events since God created Adam on the Earth as He brings a woe upon the wicked rich, promising that “the cry of the wages of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, cries, and the cry has entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (New Testament Greek transliterated “Lord of hosts “ of the Old Testament Hebrew “Jehovah Tsaba).
Taking us to Isaiah 60 and 61 He shares of James’ “vengeance to comfort” those who morn in Zion. All of this will make the proof of God’s plan for “Rich & Righteous” even more glorious for celebration in the coming weeks.
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