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Psalm 49

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Illus: Jurassic Park/World
They do not respect the power of electricity and genetics.
They do not respect the power of electricity and genetics.
The Rich are not those who just have money--but those whose security comes from their money and not from the Lord.
Job--was a man who had a lot, and everything is taken and yet he could still say "that the Lord gives and takes away but his heart will still bless Him."
Central Question of the Psalm : Why do the wicked prosper?
We know the prosperity gospel is wrong but our flesh longs for it to be right.
Wealth cannot protect anyone from death.
It doesn't matter if you work out every day or not you will still one day die. It doesn't matter if you are a meatatarian or a vegetarian, one day you die.
Money can get you out of debt, it can get you out of trouble sometime....but it cannot redeem you from death.
Ecclesiastes 2:1–16 CSB
I said to myself, “Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good.” But it turned out to be futile. I said about laughter, “It is madness,” and about pleasure, “What does this accomplish?” I explored with my mind the pull of wine on my body—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—and how to grasp folly, until I could see what is good for people to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them. I constructed reservoirs for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees. I acquired male and female servants and had slaves who were born in my house. I also owned livestock—large herds and flocks—more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. I also amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I gathered male and female singers for myself, and many concubines, the delights of men. So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me. All that my eyes desired, I did not deny them. I did not refuse myself any pleasure, for I took pleasure in all my struggles. This was my reward for all my struggles. When I considered all that I had accomplished and what I had labored to achieve, I found everything to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun. Then I turned to consider wisdom, madness, and folly, for what will the king’s successor be like? He will do what has already been done. And I realized that there is an advantage to wisdom over folly, like the advantage of light over darkness. The wise person has eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I also knew that one fate comes to them both. So I said to myself, “What happens to the fool will also happen to me. Why then have I been overly wise?” And I said to myself that this is also futile. For, just like the fool, there is no lasting remembrance of the wise, since in the days to come both will be forgotten. How is it that the wise person dies just like the fool?
Humans die and are no different than animals.
Ecclesiastes 3:18–21 CSB
I said to myself, “This happens so that God may test the children of Adam and they may see for themselves that they are like animals.” For the fate of the children of Adam and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals since everything is futile. All are going to the same place; all come from dust, and all return to dust. Who knows if the spirits of the children of Adam go upward and the spirits of animals go downward to the earth?
Humans die and are no different than animals.
Original design was not so. Sin has brought in death. Therefore sin makes us less human--it makes us more animalistic.
Illus: Parents watch some weird TV shows. One is an Antique show. Things that I would consider junk or worth hardly anything is evaluated as high dollar.
Sin causes us to devalue Creation, the Creator and the image of God in humanity.
So. All Die. The Wealthy die. But notices what he says about redemptions.
While no one can redeem themselves from death...GOD CAN REDEEM Someone from the dead.
The Psalmist doesn't want a long life....he wants an Eternal life.
Therefore why should he care whether or not someone is wealthy in this life or not?
He is thinking beyond wisdom and wealth and pleasure and actually understanding life in the perspective of eternity.
Proverbs 11:4 CSB
Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
Matthew 6:19–21 CSB
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Psalm 34:7 CSB
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them.
Psalm 37:4 CSB
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
The Psalmist understand reality through the lens of the Bible and it gives him hope. He understands God must ransom him and that being in His presence is better than anything in this world.
Jesus makes it clear that His coming and His death is to live out this understanding that God will save His people and He will pay their ransom.
Matthew 20:28 CSB
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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