Today we read the last of the Psalms by the sons of Korah. The Psalmist has a word for the rich. “Those who trust in their wealth and boast 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 souls is costly, and it shall cease forever – that he shall continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit.” So there is something money can’t buy and that is a soul. A soul can only be bought through the work of the Lord. The shedding of the blood of the Innocent One, Jesus the Son of God, atones for the sins of the guilty sinner who trusts in Him.
Those whose souls have been redeemed by the blood of Christ will not see the Pit (hell). When Jesus arrives on the scene He will also have a word for the rich. “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23-24) “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24-25)
And Paul will say “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
The Bible is not saying rich people can’t go to heaven. We have seen examples throughout the Story. Abraham and David are 2 examples of men who are wealthy but they also have a deep love for the Lord. The Scriptures are saying it will be harder for the rich to enter the Kingdom with the distractions that come with wealth. That is why the Psalmist, Agur, said yesterday not to make him rich or poor. He knows the struggles that come with both. We can’t place our hope in anything or anyone in this world, only the Lord!
God has a word for the wicked tomorrow. Keep reading.
(Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87)