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ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE WEALTHY?
PART 5

 

By Pastor Roger Anghis
January 23, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

The next verse we need to look at is Psalm 85:12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her good. The Hebrew word used for “give” is nathan and means distribute, bestow, bring forth, and even carries the meaning without fail. The word used for “good” is tobe and means wealth, prosperity and happiness. The word used for “good” is yebuwl and means produce, wealth. God is declaring that He will give us, without fail wealth and prosperity and He will see to it that what we do for a living will cause us to increase.

Our next verse is Psalms 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted The word used for “glory” is tipharah and means honor, majesty, jewels, finery. This is all an indication of wealth. The word used for “strength” is oz and means power, boldness, might, strong. The word used for “favour” is ratsown and it means acceptable, delight, goodwill. The word used for “horn” is qeren and it’s a word that denotes increase of might and dignity. The word used for “exalted” is ruwm and means to be raised up, put in order, made high, all indicating being made to be held in high esteem and honored. God is the basis of our wealth, the giver of our wealth and it will be Him that caused men to hold us in high esteem and honor. With all of this comes wealth. Nobody that is poor is held in high esteem. Wealth is our strong defense and God is the foundation of that wealth.

Our next verse is Psalms 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. The word used for “righteous” is tsaddiyq (tsad-deek) and it means just, lawful, righteous in conduct and character. The word used for “flourish” is parach and means to bloom, grow, spread, flourish. Webster’s defines flourish as to thrive; to grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant, to be prosperous; to increase in wealth or honor. God says that the just person will increase luxuriantly because he is just. The phrase “he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” indicates great strength. During David’s reign the cedars in Lebanon were highly sought after for building material because of their exceptional strength. God is telling us that when we live a just life, He will cause us to increase and grow in strength, financially.

Our next scripture is Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits The one word that I want to look at in this verse is “benefits”. It is the Hebrew word gemuwl and means recompense, reward, benefit. Webster’s used this verse in its definition of the word benefit: Advantage; profit; a word of extensive use, and expressing whatever contributes to promote prosperity and personal happiness, or add value to property. Here again we see that God is behind our prosperity, assuring that it is ours when we are living for Him.

This next verse makes a lot of the church nervous because it speaks bluntly about the welfare of a righteous man. Psalms 112:1-3 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. (2) His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. (3) Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. The word blessed used here is slightly different from what we have seen up until now. It is the Hebrew word esher and it means happiness, blessedness. Webster defines blessedness as Happiness; felicity; heavenly joys; the favor of God. Again we see the word felicity used.

This is a very descriptive definition of what we would simply call joy; great happiness; blessedness; blissfulness; the joys of heaven. Prosperity; blessing; enjoyment of good. This is how we are supposed to be when we have reverence toward God and delight in His ways. The word “seed” is the Hebrew word zera and means children. The word used for “mighty” is gibbor and means champion, warrior, mighty man, strong man, valiant man. God promises that our posterity will be great men and women of God. The word for “upright” is yashar and it means pleasing in the eyes of God, agreeable to God, that which is right. Again we see that we have a role to play in receiving the blessings of God. We have to live right, be just and lawful. The lawful is towards God’s laws not man’s laws.

We must remember that it is legal in the eyes of man to so some things, but not okay to do those things in the eyes of God. We have seen the word “blessed” several times and it is the Hebrew word barak and it means God blessing man abundantly, empowerment to prosper. Verse three is the one that seems to evade most preachers. I have heard many prominent preachers say that God has NEVER told us that He will make us wealthy. The Hebrew word used for “Wealth” is hown and it means wealth, enough, riches, substance. Webster defines wealth as riches; large possessions of money, goods or land; that abundance of worldly estate which exceeds the estate of the greater part of the community; affluence; opulence. God even states that wealth AND riches will be in our house.


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The Hebrew word for “riches” is osher and it means far richer, wealth. Webster defines riches as wealth; opulence; affluence; possessions of land, goods or money in abundance, splendid sumptuous appearance. God declares that large possessions of money, goods and lands, opulence, affluence in abundance will be in our house. God does say that He will make us wealthy. We must remember that this wealth is not just for us. It is for His work however, as long as we do what He wants us to do with it, He will continues to bring the resources into our hands.

Next is Psalms 115:12-16 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. (13) He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. (14) The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. (15) Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. (16) The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. All of te=he references to ‘blessed’ in verse 12 are the same. It is the Hebrew word barak and it means God blessing man abundantly, an empowerment to prosper. In verse 13 He states that there is no difference between the common man and the king, all that fear God will be treated the same. Again the fear is a reverential fear, a respect of God and His ways. In verse 14 we see the word “increase.” This is the Hebrew word yacaph (yaw-saf) and it means to increase more and more, add to. Some have said that it means add to their numbers or posterity.

In studying this word as it is used in other verses it is always talking about adding to what ever is being talked about in its context. In Deuteronomy 4:2 it talks about adding to the Word that was given to them. In 1 Kings 12:11 it speaks of adding to a persons burden. In 1 Chronicles 22:14 it is speaking of the treasure that David had set aside for the temple and then he tells Solomon that he can add to that. In 2 Chronicles 10:11 it again speaks of adding to a persons burden or work load. In Proverbs 30:6 it again speaks of adding to the Words that God has spoken. I bring all of those up so that there will not be any question as to the meaning of this word in this context.

In Psalms 115:12-14 it is speaking of God blessing man abundantly, an empowerment to prosper. This is referring to material wealth, finances, money. God will increase you, increase your material possessions, increase your bank accounts, increase your lands, your houses, everything that He has promised to give you. Verse 15 continues with that promise by stating again that you are blessed, God blessing man abundantly, an empowerment to prosper, of the Lord. Verse 16 states that He has given the earth to man. That includes all the wealth that is in the earth. It is ours. Genesis 1:26 states that He gave us dominion over all the earth. Webster defines dominion as sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling. Power to direct, control, use and dispose of at pleasure; right of possession and use without being accountable; as the private dominion of individuals. I don’t see how this verse is speaking of anything other than financial wealth.

Our next verse is in Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Wisdom is a subject that God speaks of 172 times in the Old Testament. Most references, including its use in this verse, are to the Hebrew word chokmah which means wisely, skilful. The Hebrew word used for “knowledge” is da’ath and it means cunning, wittingly, knowledge. Webster defines knowledge as a clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas. The literal translation uses the term “wise actions” for what the KJV has for witty inventions. It is the Hebrew word mezimmah (mez-im-mah) and actually has a wide variety of meanings. The lexicon defines the words usage in this verse as the power of devising, discretion. Devising means inventive. Discretion is defined by Webster as Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; nice discernment and judgment, directed by circumspection, and primarily regarding one’s own conduct. What is being said in this verse is God’s wisdom is available to all believers and we can use that wisdom to make profitable decisions.

The next verse we are going to look at is Proverbs 10:4, 6 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. The Hebrew word usded for “poor” is ruwsh (roosh) and it means to be destitute, needy, poor. The term used in the literal translation for slack hand in this verse is lazy palm. The Hebrew word used for “slack” is remiyah (rem-ee-yaw) and it means slothful, idle, slack. Webster defines slack as remiss; backward; not using due diligence; not earnest or eager; as slack in duty or service; slack in business.

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This is telling us that a person that is not willing to work will become not just poor, but destitute. Now the person that is industrious will experience as different outcome. The Hebrew word used for “diligent” is charuwts and means diligent. Webster defines diligent as steady in application to business; constant in effort or exertion to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduous; attentive; industrious; not idle or negligent We can actually see this working for both the saved and the unsaved. Lazy people in the church never amount to much or acquire anything, just like the lazy people in the world. The industrious believer can acquire as much as a non-believer an many times more because God will direct his path and God’s direction is always prosperous.

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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.

President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.

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For years we have been taught that we are to be humble and the only way you can be humble is to be poor. Here God is saying that He has pleasure, excitement, happiness, in the prosperity of His people.