Three of the first five commandments which God gave to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden dealt with increase. God told them to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. I believe it is God’s will for His Children to increase. I believe it pleases God to see His Children doing better and gaining wealth. Before we read our text for this evening allow me to state a few principles concerning money.
· God demands we participate in our miracles.
· The problem with a dollar is that it only spends one time.
· The reason why you can’t buy what you want is because you bought what you wanted.
· The quickest way to get a raise is to cut a bill.
· God wants us to have things … He does not want things to have us.
· Money is neither good nor bad but dependent on how it’s used.
· Either you work for (serve) money or money works for you.
Money is a valued medium of exchange agreed between two people and often backed by the government of a country. Whether traded for labor or goods, time, services or gifts, the valued exchange normally comes with a price attached.
We trade one thing for another … the value is usually equaled to an amount of money. Money has been used to make war and to avoid war; to build relationships and destroy them; to put people in prison and to get them out; to bring people closer to God and to draw them away. Money is allowed to make many, if not most, decisions in life.
The love of money is the root of all evil! Money motivated people have a difficult time entering into the Kingdom of God. Even money motivated believers find it hard to give without the promise of return.
13 ¶ Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.
15 So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed."
16 Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock, and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone."
17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year.
18 When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is gone; my lord also has our herds of livestock. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands.
19 "Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate."
20 Then Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh’s.
21 And as for the people, he moved them into the cities, from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other end.
22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy; for the priests had rations allotted to them by Pharaoh, and they ate their rations which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their lands.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, "Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
24 "And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones."
25 So they said, "You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants."
26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.
Perspectives about the above passage … bear in mind – making money is not wrong and gaining wealth is not wrong … however, to use money to hurt people or to take advantage of hurting people and use their hardship as an opportunity to take their money or rob them is ungodly. The world is based on taking and getting while the Kingdom of God is based on giving and receiving.
1. Joseph was a brilliant strategist …
2. Pharaoh was money motivated man.
3. Pharaoh evidently cared nothing for the people … only for their money.
4. When a government takes all the money of its citizens, money fails.
5. When money failed they became a nation of slaves.
6. Money motivated men are dangerous.
7. The world is willing to take every dollar you have … God on the other hand is trying to bless you.