By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: Both low and high, rich and poor, together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding… They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish (Psalm 49).
My friends, the psalmist in this message gives great warnings to those greedy persons who use their blessings of wealth given to them by God to make sure that riches continue to increase on the backs of those unfortunate persons who cannot defend themselves. They act as if they are not aware that the same God who created them, created the poor.
The comforts of the wealthy were increased by God with his mandate to take care of his unfortunate people and not to use his gifts to advance themselves. Many of them mistakenly feel that after their demise (if they ever think in those terms), their names on buildings, bridges, monuments, streets, etc. will perpetrate their names through eternity.
Well, if God allowed Titus, the Roman general to destroy Jerusalem, including his temple in 70 A.D., why wouldn’t your so-called monuments honoring the deceased be destroyed, also?
God looks at his rich and poor with the same measurement. He loves us all equally.
My friends! Beware!!