Money – man’s desire to secure his own future
!!! *Approach */Hymn 304:1-6/ / “I joyed when to the house of God”/ (Tune 31)
!!! *Call to worship and Greeting*
Call to worship
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
!!! *Invocation and the Lord’s Prayer*
!!! *Hymn no 51:* / //“Holy, holy, holy” (verse 1: all; verse 2: ladies; verse 3: men; verse 4: all)/
!!! *8** Children’s address*
*8* An Arab was lost in the desert.
He was in danger of dying from hunger.
*8* At last he found one of the containers out of which the camels drink and a little leather bag near it.
"God be thanked!"
"There must be some dates or nuts; let me refresh myself."
He opened the bag, but only to turn away in disappointment.
*8* In these bags and containers were only jewellery.
What good were they to a man who was dying of hunger?
Was this man rich or poor?
He was rich yet poor.
*8** *Treasure in heaven.
!!! *Hymn 468:* / “//Little children let us not love with word or with tongue”/
!!! *Scripture Reading */Matthew 6:19-34/
!!! *Prayer of adoration and Confession of sins*
!!! *Declaration of pardoning*
!!! *Offering and Dedication : all sing 471 (round)*
!!! *Hymn no 471* /“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”/
!!! *Prayer of Intercession*
!!! *Bible Reading *Old Testament: / Isaiah 2:6-12, 22/
!!! *Hymn: */“Jesus stand among us” (screen)/
!!! *Sermon:* /“Money – man’s desire to secure his future” /
Dear Brother and Sister in the Lord,
I think all parents know the frustration of the young child who always wants to do whatever /you/ are busy with, but then their own way.
You feed them, and then, all of a sudden, they get it in their heads to feed themselves.
It usually happens when you can’t afford it because you are always in a hurry on that moment.
That’s when they want to tie their own shoelaces.
We can do it better, but they know better.
And as parents, we have to allow them to take control of their own lives as they grow up to learn the skills of life.
It is typical of the human nature.
We want control.
We want to have the ability to exercise control.
We want our way.
It was the problem with Adam and Eve.
At the root of all rebellion against God lie nothing less but the desire and hunger for control.
We want be in command of our destiny.
Sum up last week.
The paragraph of Isa 2:6-11.
• *8* In his arrogance man wants to cut himself loose from God.
He substitutes God with something else in an effort to become his own god.
• *8* But God will rise up against arrogant man and destroy him and what he put his trust into.
• *8** *Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he? (Isaiah 2:22)
We saw that four sentences begin with the words “the land is full of…” The things mentioned in these verse help us to understand that Israel’s *8* rebellion against God was aimed at claiming his authority over them.
They wanted to be in control, they wanted to be *8** *autonomous.
This manifested itself in the following: Man has a desire to:
· *8** * A desire to /know/ his own future
· A desire to /secure/ his own future
· A desire to /protect/ his own future
· A desire to /control/ his own future
We dealt with the first aspect of this characteristic of the fallen human being.
Man in rebellion against God, wants to /know/ about his destiny.
Apart from God who controls our destiny, man, as his own god, now wants to know what his future holds.
He looks for security.
And what can be more enticing than to know the future.
We have own palms read, or the teacup, or the stars, or whatever the means.
If we can know what the future holds, we think we can cut ourselves lose from God and be in control, by this ability, of our destiny.
Some then take their refuge in superstition, as we saw last week.
!!!!!! *Money as a means of control, ability and security*
The same children, who tested our patiens with their shoelaces, grow up.
They are dependent from us and for as long that is the case, parents exercise control over their children.
But then, when they become financially independent, they flow the nest and begin their own life.
Parents lose the control, and the only thing you can provide, apart from love, is advice.
Man, in his rebellion against God, is his search for control over his destiny, finds in *8* money and possessions a means of control, ability and security.
Israel in the time of Isaiah and under the blessing of the Lord was engaged in a *8* thriving trade with the nations surrounding it.
Israel was geographically strategically located between the rich Babylon, Assyria in the north, and Egypt in the south.
Israel did not have gold that could be mined.
But through trade, gold poured into the country.
They accumulated wealth, and as they became richer, they found their security in their wealth.
*8* Money gave them control.
And with control, they slipped away from God and dependence upon Him; they became gods unto themselves.
Whilst wandering through the wilderness on their way out the Promised Land, Israel experienced the closeness of God as they were so dependent upon Him.
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
But Moses warned them to be careful in times of abundance.
He said: *8*
Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.(
*8* You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.(
That is exactly what happened to Israel.
And in the process they forgot the verse in the Bible that teaches: