Saturday, August 18th, '18
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shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with
new wine" (Proverbs 3:10)
Let's look today at the power of plural. When
the Hebrews exited Egypt, their pockets were lined with silver and gold and
there was not one sick among them (Psalm 105:37). They were brought out of Egypt
to be taken in to Canaan. The wilderness was a limbo land. The plan was for
them to "enter in", to step into fullness. Canaan flowed with milk and honey.
It was a "good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that
spring out of valleys and hills" (Deuteronomy 8:7). Nothing mentioned was in
singular. Everything was compounded, doubled, tripled. Moses warned them that
when their "flocks multiply, and their silver and gold is multiplied" (vs 13)
to remember that it was God who gave them the "power to get wealth" (vs 18). By
free grace He gave them houses they built not and "vineyards and olive yards
they planted not" (Joshua 24:13). The calves came in twins. Where others got
one of a kind the Israelites pluraled the take.
The Lord commanded His "blessing" on their
"storehouses" (Deuteronomy 28:8). That means banks in plural, stocks, bonds,
annuities, savings, real property, etc. The "blessing" was singular, for it
constituted all the favor of God, but the results came in bushel after bushel.
David penned that He "daily loads us with benefits" (Psalm 68:19). Believers
are loaded. Like a car on the car lot that the salesman advertises as being
"loaded". It is time for believers to quit thinking in terms of one of this
and one of that. Most families now need cars, plural. If one house is good,
what about a second or third? Seek first the kingdom of God and all these
"things" will be added (Matthew 6:33). It takes things to live in this society.
Yes, I realize that needs and greeds are two different concepts but if we see
Him as owner and ourselves as managers of what is His then having "things" is
not an issue.
The man who forsakes those things dearest him,
"shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren...and lands,
with persecutions" (Mark 10:30). "Ah, but God doesn't want me to have a big
house". How do you know? Did you read the scriptures? Did you ask Him whether
He wills for you to prosper? Most people fail to live under the power of the
plural because of a poverty mentality, not because God demands they live that
way. I pity the guy under a vow of poverty. And if he has taken a vow of
celibacy then he suffers doubly when no one demanded it from him. Paul said
that "the living God...gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 5:17). Did
you see that? He doesn't give poorly, miserly or meagerly, but richly. He came
that we "might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). He is not
El Cheapo but is El Shaddai, the God who is "more than enough". If we
honor Him with the firstfruits of our substance Solomon promised, "So shall
your barns be filled with plenty..." (text) Barns, plural! Barns aren't for
decoration, they are to be filled with fruits and grains and livestock and
wares and equipment and machinery and miscellaneous "stuff". That is part of
our covenant, "all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee"
(Deuteronomy 28:2). In other words, we can't outrun the blessings of God. We
are not to live in covetousness, true, but we are to live in faith, so if we
are going to bother believing at all, why not believe in a way that honors Him?
For faith honors God and God honors faith.