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The Rich

It is easy to want to be rich. You could buy whatever you wanted whenever you wanted it. You could purchase many of the pleasures in life. As a rich person you wouldn't have to worry about paying bills or buying food or where you are going to live. Some of the important people of the Bible were rich. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were rich. Kings David and Solomon were rich. I suspect that Mary, Martha and Lazarus were rich. It is not wrong to be rich.

But Jesus said that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Mat. 19:23-26)

It is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom because entering the kingdom requires faith and trust in God. A typical rich man trusts in his riches. Whenever a problem comes in life, the rich man uses his riches to solve the problem. He doesn't see a need to trust in God. The poor man must trust in the Lord.

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ )


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