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Money Answers All Things

08 Jun

Ecclesiastes 10:19, “… But money answereth all things.”

Ever have someone say something to you and it doesn’t sit well?  I have and I hate to admit it but this is one of those “somethings”.  It wasn’t just anyone who said it.  It was spoken by King Solomon but inspired by God.  The problem with this is that when just anybody says something I don’t like, I can dismiss it but this isn’t just anybody. This is the One who loves me and if He saw fit to include this in His Word for my life, then I can’t live without it, now can I?

With that in mind, I began searching.  God, how can you say this? 

When I pulled in my driveway last night and shut the car off, I sat there, seat belt on and wrestling. 

I was prompted (with this question screaming in the background), to read Psalm 49:6-20…

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 should continue to live eternally, 
And not see the Pit. 

For he sees wise men die; 
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, 
And leave their wealth to others. 
Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever
Their dwelling places to all generations
They call their lands after their own names
Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;  
He is like the beasts that perish. 

This is the way of those who are foolish
And of their posterity who approve their sayings.Selah 
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; 
Death shall feed on them; 
The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; 
And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling. 
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, 
For He shall receive me.Selah 

Do not be afraid when one becomes rich
When the glory of his house is increased
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; 
His glory shall not descend after him. 
Though while he lives he blesses himself 
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself), 
He shall go to the generation of his fathers
They shall never see light. 
A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, 
Is like the beasts that perish.

Clearly, money does not answer all things.  It doesn’t. 

I know God doesn’t contradict Himself.  A lie cannot be in Him. 

So, God, how can you say this?

Money, in the context of this passage, is the Hebrew word keceph, meaning silver from it’s pale color, money or price.

Price.  It speaks of value and worth and induces consideration.

So, could we then interpret Ecclesiastes 10:19 like this?  “There is a price for all things.”

Digging a little deeper, the Hebrew word money, keceph is rooted in the word kacaph, which means to pine after, long for, to fear or desire.

Is it safe to perhaps interpret a little further?

Desire determines the “things” we have.  Are we willing to pay the price?

There is a personal standard that each of us set, whether knowingly or not, the worth of a “thing”.  In fact, even society sets certain standards.  If it meets our standards, we give to it. 

For example, say I’m a millionaire and I am looking for a particular car.  Not a brand new one.  This one’s a bit dated.  I find that car and the book price (the standard) is $4,500 but the asking price is $7,000. 

Just because I’m a millionaire doesn’t mean that I should foolishly invest and pay that kind of price for something, when it is not worth that much.  That’s wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 & 12 says,  Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun.  For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.

Luke 14:28-30 speaks to this end.

 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

There is a cost that must be counted.  What’s beautiful is that Jesus was warning them that we must take into consideration the complete work, the whole matter. 

Not coincidentally, the word “all”, that is seemingly insignificant; that one little word that we take for granted that we know what it means.  It means, just what Jesus was trying to get at.  All means the whole, to make perfect and complete.

Money does answer all things.  Consider the cost.  What is it worth to you?  What is it worth to God?

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Money, Wisdom

 

41 responses to “Money Answers All Things

  1. Melissa Flores

    June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love your exegesis of this passage. “Contradictions” make us dig for truth, causing things to spring forth. Thank you for revelating this so carefully, it’s new and wonderful to me.

     
  2. Melvin Kaabwe (@Kaabwe)

    March 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, this troubled me as well. I heard it and felt, at first blush that it was an exoneration for greed. Then I looked at the wjole of Ecclesiastes and the message was that all things are vanity except one true thing. All things pass away, even money…except one thing which grants eternal reward. So in the context of Ecclesiastes (all things are vanity) this verse makes perfect sense. You cannot serve God and Mammon simultaneously as Jesus said. So in this context, the verse “fits” in an explanation of what happens here on Earth which we know is the place of men who are sinful by nature…But I like your explanation better! 🙂

     
    • Kimberly

      July 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I like your explanation thank you. I came to this page because when I hear others quote this scripture it seemed out of context. I am compelled to search it further based on what you shared.
      Thanks for sharing

       
  3. EUGENE WAKAMA

    August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

    IT’S SO TRUE, WELL AGGRANDIZED TO MY AMAZEMENT, I THINK I’M HAPPIER NOW THAN EVER BEFORE BECAUSE THIS PASSAGE HAS KEPT ME STARTLED FOR A LONGTIME NOW, GOD CANNOT LIE….

     
  4. Heath

    February 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Good article. These things make us search. While I do agree with you I would like to add something to it. I believe the way a person handles finances speaks volumes of their character. A person that borrows money and takes vacations on credit cards, but is loosing the house because the mortgage isn’t being paid has zero business preaching and telling others how to live. I’ve known them to have bad credit and bad reputations from manipulating funds and cheating in business while hiding behind the vial of ministry. I do believe that this would certainly be a meaning . I have tried to do work for my pastor and donate or give a discount. He asked me, “what do you normally charge?” When I tell him, he says, “thats what I’m paying you”.

     
    • Stacey Blubaugh

      February 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Your pastor sounds like a wonderful, Godly example of what you are sharing. I would guess he is a very blessed man. And yes, I certainly agree on this aspect as well. Money speaks volumes about our character. Thanks for reading!

       
  5. Damion

    May 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hi,

    I like your explanation, as i like others have struggled with this verse. The problem i run into is that the word Keceph is used 4 additional times in Eccl. (2:8, 5:10, 7:12, 12:6) and its not translated into “price”. Do you have any thoughts on that? thanks!

    Damion

     
    • Stacey Blubaugh

      June 12, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Damion, thanks for reading and engaging me to look into this a bit more. I’ve read through those particular passage and indeed, keceph could be applied as actual sliver or money in all of those, rather than price. In the verse mentioned above however, price seemed most applicable to me. The “cost” will answer all things. How much is it worth to us? Ecclesiastes 5:10 could also coincide with such a thought process. If the price is too high for the things which money can buy, and we indebt ourselves to it… we will never have enough. We live in a world riddled with inflation, unfortunately and in which the economic systems have turned upside down. Because of debt, many are not satisfied with their income. I hope that answers your question but believe me, I’m not the end all on this subject! No scripture is of private interpretation. It’s for all of us to discover together!

       
      • Damion

        August 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        I just read your reply, thanks again for sharing!

         
  6. swansparkle

    June 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    i really love this article….thank you
    read http://www.swansparkle.blogspot.com too

     
  7. Tony

    June 30, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I like to see that people still have a sense of truth within themselves. For many read and just accept regardless how they feel. Although are feeling can be confusing and even not true at times ultimate truth still exist within, (God exist within us).

    My take on this verse was this….

    Although the verse says “….money answereth all things.”, when put into proper context by reading some verses before it and after it, they seem to be showing the different between Wisdom & Folly. And as we review that verse (Ecclesiastes 10:19) starts off referring to the ladder…folly. it states
    ” A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.” (New International Version) But verse 10:17 tell us that food & drink is for strength. Strength for the body is the reason we eat and drink. That is its purpose.

    The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure.

    Lesson…. “Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

     
    • Stacey Blubaugh

      June 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Amen! Thanks for the insight!

       
    • Pastor Iris Lovelace

      October 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      This was great. I love it when we dig deeper into the scriptures. Great insight and I agree.

       
  8. Lesego Dlamini

    August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Great article. I liked this part: “There is a price for all things. Desire determines the “things” we have. Are we willing to pay the price?”. I t made my day. Nothing is impossible if my ways are committed to the Lord. Life without wisdom is dead. Thank you for sharing your hard earned wisdom. I know better now

     
  9. Luke

    January 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    That was wonderfully broken down. To many times, we take the word at face value. Simply just to say, Well the Bible said it. But also, we have to remember, we sometimes have to search. I thank you for that synopsis. Keep on keeping on. God Bless you.

     
  10. Keeley Body

    April 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I just heard someone quote this verse this morning, and it didn’t sit right with me. I couldn’t focus on anything else until I got some clarity on the meaning. Thank you for your comments and for those of your other readers. It truly helped me this morning and gave me new perspective.

     
  11. N. Lynes

    May 13, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Thank u Mrs. Blubaugh, for your wise insight on this verse. You have just confirmed what I was thinking. Blessed Love…………

     
  12. Kimberly

    July 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    As I pondered upon this scripture …I believe God has given me further insight.
    Reading it previously it troubled me because I thought to myself … Jesus is the answer to all things not money.
    But considering the word “answer” I realize this scripture is comparing how a feast is specially for laughter and wine is specificly for merry….. But money covers(answers) more of a general use.
    So money is NOT the SOLUTION to all things but can be USED (answer) in all things.

    However I have experience my Heavenly Father bypass money and meet a need in my life. Yes money was needed for the need But God met the need without money.. Because He is awesome like that!

     
    • Julie Schmalee

      August 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you, Kimberly. Your explanation really makes sense and has opened my eyes to the meaning of this verse!
      Blessings!

       
    • Ramona

      October 17, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      I have heard this verse in my church this weekend and the way they were using it i didn’t agree with. I agree with your explanation. Money can be used for ‘solutions’ to some things, but only God can really solve the problem. If someone is angry with you and demands money I doubt that any amount given will suffice they would still want MORE for only God can give the peace and forgiveness that is needed.

       
  13. Eben k Dadzie

    September 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Good to understand. Money can only answers what is natural, but has no capacity to deal with what is supernatural. To those that goes on to say their souls are sold out to the devil for the sake of money. I want you to key into the the scripture red from Psalm 49 well. It is true, money is a defense, but to a limit. It is only the wisdom of God that can take you over the fence.

     
  14. Star

    December 22, 2015 at 4:13 am

    The only problem with money is the Love of money, putting money before God and His kingdom. Apart from that money is a blessing from God for His work and for His children for He has called us to prosper in all things including Money.

     
  15. Pst. Ikpotokin S.A.

    December 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the expository. More grace to you.

    My Contribution to the explanations of the statement “money answereth all things” in Ecclesiastics 10:19 “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things”
    The “all things” is referring to all that is requires to sponsor such flamboyant feast with varieties of food and assaulted drinks to the point of making all the invitees to be in euphoria of laughter and merriment. All these cannot be made possible without money.
    There are things money can not answer. Once your life is ‘used off ‘ your cannot keep it on earth. The richest man on earth may not be the happiest man.

     
  16. Dale Anthony DeGroat

    July 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Check out this translation from the Amplified Bible (AMP): Ecclesiastes 10:19 AMP
    [19] Instead of repairing the breaches, the officials make a feast for laughter, serve wine to cheer life, and depend on tax money to answer for all of it.
    In this context Solomon is challenging his fellow royals to live up to the expectations of their titles. He is exposing bad behavior amongst the privileged.

     
    • L. Grace

      August 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

      JESUS, also said: What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul, or what will he give in exchange for it? The Gospels speak of this, Matthew. For the “Love”, of money is the root of “ALL”, evil.

       
  17. Daniel Taylor

    September 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Ecclesiastes 10:19 states that” money answers all things” but many people get this statement twisted and interpret this to mean that money is the answers to all of life’s problems which is far from the truth. The correct interpretation of this statement is that” money answers all man made things”! You see because no matter how much money you have, you cannot buy life, or stop a tornado from blowing your house down. Furthermore, money cannot stop the sun from shining and prevent the night from following day.
    On the other hand, the power of God answers everything in existence! That is why at the temple gate called Beautiful Peter said to the man who was lame from birth, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter knew that no amount of money could make the man walk but the power of God could. Don’t spend all of your time trying to make money! Money cannot buy the power of God. Spend your time trying to acquire the power of God because the power of God can even give you money!

     
    • Anon Canon

      October 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I quoted ‘money answereth everything’ to someone tonight, and his quick tone of disagreement prompted me to search on this scripture. I am grateful to have come across this tonight. God bless you!

       
  18. Israel Carreto

    February 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Read your blog and I respectfully disagree, you conflated two separate ideas. Money answers all things in the material world. God knows we need money to live. Spreading the gospel takes money. But money is not to be our god and it certainly doesn’t do anything for our spiritual life.
    When we handle money appropriately and problems or just situations arise in our life, it’s great to have money to move us forward. That’s my two cents

     
    • Gerald Barton

      March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      DidJesus Christ need money when he fed five thousand people with two pieces of fish and five loaves of bread?DidKing Solomon need scholarships to go to college and learn all that wisdom and knowledge that God Alone blessed him with?Or what about when the merchants came to him every year and blessed him with 666 talents of pure gold?And this was because of the favor that God bless him with concerning all the people that came from different parts of the world to hear his wisdom that God bestowed him with.Did money answer that? And finally, when those who are left behind after the Rapture,are forced to take the mark of the beast,so that they may buy,sell,or eat,will money be the answer for that?

       
      • Israel Carreto

        March 6, 2017 at 11:45 pm

        MONEY ANSWERS ALL THINGS
        Dear Gerald,
        Thank you for taking the time to reply and here is my reply to you.
        As always, respectfully.
        You wrote several things and I will answer each point and finish with brief explanation.

        ” Did Jesus Christ need money when he fed five thousand people with two pieces of fish and five loaves of bread?…
        This reply is way out in left field it has absolutely nothing to do with money. Jesus being God, can do as he pleases….IT’S A MIRICLE!!. But answer this, How did the boy obtain the fish & loafs, he just picked it at Vons supermarket and paid and didn’t pay for it? I don’t think so!!
        “DidKing Solomon need scholarships to go to college and learn all that wisdom and knowledge that God Alone blessed him with. Really Gerald? King David, paid tutors or do you think they worked for free?

        Or what about when the merchants came to him every year and blessed him with 666 talents of pure gold?
        Your contradicting yourself here…. Why would God bless Solomon with so much wealth if he didn’t need it? Because money is the operating system in which the world operates by, it’s what the world understands and you get measured by. The kings where amazed at the wealth Solomon had accumulated and in turn God was glorified. Fortunately, as children of God we will not be measured by the same standard. It’s by Grace that that sets us apart.
        And finally, when those who are left behind after the Rapture,are forced to take the mark of the beast,so that they may buy,sell,or eat,will money be the answer for that?
        Again, bad example…” after the rapture” all bets are off assuming in you believe in Pre-tribulation…than I won’t give a rip.
        Here’s a couple of thoughts for you, and I hope you can ponder them.
        Why does the Bible speak more on money (finances) twice as many than any other topic?
        Why does God allow us to challenge him ONLY on money? “test me as see” Malachi 3:10
        This is the only time in scripture that God allows us to test him with positive results.
        Gerald, why did Jesus perform a miracle by pulling a coin from the fish’s mouth? As Christians, we operate in the spirit realm as well as the material world. The coin was specifically to pay taxes. By paying taxes Jesus acknowledged the governments of the world and we need to abide by the laws.

        Please name one instance that you don’t need money to live in this world? Money answers ALL things in the material realm…you do live in the material world, don’t you? I understand that “we live on earth but we are not of this earth” until the Lord takes us.
        In no way am I trying to change your mind, but we need to “rightly divide the Word” You’re not rightly dividing the Word.
        Respectfully
        Israel Carreto

         
  19. Ojomu Michael

    March 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    You have all said reasoning things, but I want each one of us to ponder on the true meaning of that word “MONEY”. Money is a medium of exchange. The Scripture is not referring to the money you have in your bank accont neither was it refering to your net worth. If you lack wisdom you will live in poverty and even if a man bless you with a hug sum of money you will end up lavishing it because you lack the real money which is “Wisdom”. Proverbs4:7 says, Wisdom is the principal thing, but in all thy getting, get understanding. That means if any man lacks wisdom that man lacks understanding.
    God has created every man with money but most of us have not realise it and that is why we still living in poverty, it takes a total surrender to God for a man to have the Spiritual money and that is why Matt6:33 says, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteous, and all these things will be added. That is for you to know that the money in your bank account can not answer all things, it is only by seeking the kingdom of God that you can get all things answered because you will be filled with money/Holy Spirit. You may wonder why I use money/Holy Spirit together like that, that is because you can heal the sick if you have the Holy Spirit in you, don’t forget that the true meaning of money is “medium of exchange”, so if you have the Holy Spirit you can use it for exchange in the spiritual realm. In case you don’t know that the money in your bank account is the physical money and the money that comes from the Holy Spirit allowing you having the gifts of the Spirit is the Spiritual money that answerth all things because the money you have in your bank account can not raise the dead or heal the sick but if you have the money/gift of the Holy Spirit, that is the real money that answereth all things. Allow the Holy Spirit teach you the Scripture and meditate upon it, the Scripture is were you can get true wisdom & understanding. Getting a Ph.D does not truely make you wise 1Cor1:20. I pray the Lord will teach us his word the more in Jesus name. (Amen)

     
  20. Israel Carreto

    March 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    March 30, 2017
    Dear Ojomu,
    Thank you for taking the time to respond.
    As Christians, we are held to God’s standard of “rightly dividing the Word” and the responsibility of holding each other accountable.
    So, it’s with this in mind, that I respond to you, as a brother in Christ

    Some of your comments are erroneous because they are not supported by scripture and the text you use are out of context with two conflated themes, money & wisdom.
    The theme of this blog is “money answers all things”
    not how to obtain wisdom or what wisdom does for you. Yes, money & wisdom intersect but I believe that for this discussion we can separate without difficulty.

    I broke down your response so that it will be easier to respond and follow in red after your comment.
    1 “Money is a medium of exchange”
    Correct-money is a medium to buy creature comforts, and make life comfortable. Scripture recognizes money is necessary for survival.
    Also, money is a source for the church to spread the gospel. Read Acts 4:32.
    Jesus used the coin in the fish miracle (Matthew 17:27) as an example to contrast heavenly values compared to earthly values.

    Money is the Operating System of the World, nothing else!!!

    For Christians and unbeliever’s alike money is a tool for the physical world, not to love money or chase money because than it becomes our god. Chase after God than will he “add ALL these things that we need”. Matthew 6:33.
    What you failed to see or understand is that we are spirit beings in a physical body, and our physical body has material needs.
    A) does the body need food/water?
    B) does the body need clothing? (by the way you can thank Adam & Eve for that) 😊
    C) does the body need rest?
    Of course, and money is the answer and method to obtain them. Not a way to buy your way to heaven or buy spiritual gifts.

    The point is, the physical body needs ALL these things, now please read Mathew 6:33 in context which you misquote…Please read v 29, 30, 31…God knows that we worry about “how am I going to feed my family, where are we going to live, a job to make money to do all these things…. these are all physical needs that we as humans naturally worry about.
    And God is telling us to have faith in Him and to seek him first and he will supply ALL our physical needs.
    We live in a physical world and for us to survive, whether we are Saved or not, we need the “operate in the worlds system “Money” in order to obtain all the physical needs of our body’s require.

    “The Scripture is not referring to the money you have in your bank accont neither was it refering to your net worth”.
    Your totally incorrect, it is referring to money. YOUR OVER SPIRITUALLIZING THE MATTER
    I repeat…. please read Mathew 6: 27-33 in context.

    2” If you lack wisdom you will live in poverty and even if a man bless you with a hug sum of money you will end up lavishing it because you lack the real money which is “Wisdom”. Proverbs4:7 says, Wisdom is the principal thing, but in all thy getting, get understanding.

    The subject matter is “money answers ALL things in the Material” not wisdom answers all things.
    Wisdom comes as we seek God, in the meantime God is meeting our physical needs.
    What’s usually the first thing you think of in the morning???
    Wisdom or what’s for breakfast?
    Wisdom or hot shower
    Wisdom or getting to work or finding a job.
    That’s why God is saying to us, don’t worry I will supply ALL material and physical needs…. Just trust ME”.
    God understands people and our fallen state, He wants to assure us that it will be ok.
    Re-Read Mat. 6:26-33 please use the Word in context.
    How did you extrapolate wisdom & understanding out Matthew 6:33???

    3 “get all things answered because you will be filled with money/Holy Spirit.”
    From your entire answer this is the one sentence that bothered me the most.

    Please quote me chapter and verse where money and Holy Spirit are ONE?
    Quote chapter & verse where you find it“ you will be filled with money/Holy Spirit.”
    Or where the Holy Spirit will supply you with money?
    By the way “healing” as we are authorized to do is in the Spiritual realm. NOT in the physical.
    Prayers, decree’s convert to the spirt and manifest in the physical.

    4 “ In case you don’t know that the money in your bank account is the physical money and the money that comes from the Holy Spirit allowing you having the gifts of the Spirit is thYe Spiritual money that answerth all things because the money you have in your bank account can not raise the dead or heal the sick but if you have the money/gift of the Holy Spirit, that is the real money that answereth all things.

    My Dear Brother in the Lord, you have absolutely no understanding of the Holy Bible, if you did you won’t be writing such senseless gibberish.
    Your mixing and matching of Scripture to your understanding is way out of line.
    Money to obtain Gifts of the Spirit??? What’s next, buy your way into heaven?

    By your line of reasoning your conflating wisdom, Holy Spirit and money. Every scripture you have used is misquoted, misapplied and interpreted erroneously.

    Christians are the only humans that have dual citizenship in the natural and spiritual realms. But we need to be mindful of our physical needs & limitations by obeying the physical laws.

    5 “Scripture is were you can get true wisdom & understanding. Getting a Ph D does not truely make you wise 1Cor1:20. I pray the Lord will teach us his word the more in Jesus name. (Amen)
    Brother Ojomer,
    you need to find a church where someone is willing to take you under their wing to guide and train you.
    I know your sincere, but your sincerely wrong.
    As a brother in Christ it’s my duty and obligation to correct:
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
    I don’t have a PhD and certainly no theologian, but I have and continue to study diligently and check my knowledge with spirit filled Christians to make sure I’m dividing Gods’ word correctly and not going down the wrong path.

    Couple of questions for you to ponder;
    A) Why did God provide expensive gifts for his Son when he was born? All three gifts had spiritual and material meaning.
    B) Why did Jesus provide a fish with a coin in it, and talked about taxes?
    C) Why does the Bible talk so much about Money? i.e. Finances.
    You will find about 2,200 verses alone on finances. The most talked about subject.
    You thing He is telling us something and wants us to understand that He understands money?
    D) Why does God allow us to challenge him in one area, and ONE AREA ONLY, money? Malachi 3:10…”test me… and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”.
    Again, please read the entire verse and prior verses.
    E) The Holy Spirit did not exist on earth until Jesus left earth…how do you reconcile your statement of money/Holy Spirit while Jesus was on earth?

    I’m enclosing my email if you would like to correspond, remember “iron sharpens iron”. This is one way of sharpening our skills of understanding through debate.
    I know some of my answers are rough, only because I care that we divide the Word properly. I will and humbly accept your corrections if biblically sound.

    I look forward to your response.

    Your Brother in Christ
    Israel
    israellety@gmail.com

     
  21. Israel Carreto

    March 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Gerald Barton,
    Where are you?
    I took time to get involved in your blog, I wish you would have the courtesy of responding with agree/disagree or lets agree to disagree.

    Israel

     
  22. Ojomu Michael

    April 5, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Mr Israel Carreto, I guess you must be the holy spirit that teaches every man the Word of God, cuz you seems to know it all and it is only the Holy Spirit that knows it all.
    Whatever you find in the Word of God, you need to define it with the Word of God and not with word of men, thats what makes it Spiritual and Scriprural and that is all I have done. If the Holy Spirit that teaches every man the Word of God was to be you, then I guess nobody will still be studying the Bible.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    If Jesus was rejected by many, then it means they did not see the truth about all he said just like you could not find 1 single truth in all I said.
    If you quote 1Scripture and define it just with that same Scripture, then you are getting it wrong, the Scripture is not physics neither is it chemistry that holds on to just one definition.

    Search and dig deeply and you get what am saying. SEEK HIM through his word.

    I think you need to read the whole of that Ecclesiastes from Chapter1 to Chapter12 so that you will know the way King Solomon define money in that book.

    Get understanding.

     
    • Israel Carreto

      April 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Ojomu,
      I stand by every word I wrote and if you would have read my response correctly you would have read where…”I’m willing to be corrected if I misstated or improperly applied Gods word”. But all you did was attack me personally without any Biblical foundation.
      Their is nothing else I can say to bring light into this discussion. If you choose to walk in ignorance and darkness that’s up to you.
      But I strongly suggest you find a church where you learn Christian Biblical principles.
      This is my last response to you, so lets agree to disagree and continue our paths.

      Israel

       
  23. Ojomu Michael

    April 5, 2017 at 1:17 am

    E) The Holy Spirit did not exist on earth until Jesus left earth…

    You are wrong, it was Jesus disciples and the Jews that didn’t have the Holy Spirit.
    John the Baptist had the Holy Spirit.
    Read John1:29-36

    How did John know about Jesus? He said the one that sent him told him.
    How did the one that sent him told him? Through the Holy Spirit.

    You only know what the Holy Spirit enables you to know, nobody is a genius when it comes to the Word of God.

     
    • Ojomu Michael

      April 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Mr Israel Carreto, plz I need your response on this.

      Even in Matthew16, when Jesus was asking his disciples who they say he is, God revealed something to Peter and Jesus testifies to it that it was his Father that revealed that to him.

      Mr Israel, plz be scriptural. Iron sharpen iron but some iron don’t like to be sharpen by other iron.

      Your respond to this plz.

       
      • Israel Carreto

        April 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        I will give you my response to your question, but I must say a couple things;
        In my 1st response to you, I responded with precise biblical quotes.
        Also, I said;
        As irons sharpens iron, meaning that we go back & forth and discus the matter.
        I also said that I’m willing to be corrected if you can answer me with proper biblical scripture.
        It seems that what I tell you, you repeat back to me. And you attack me personally by saying that “I think I’m the holy spirit” and “I’m a know it all”.

        You have yet to answer and show me the err in my response to you.

        As far as you question on Matthew 16, I can’t answer because I don’t understand the question and 2nd what does it have to do with the main theme “money answers all things”???
        Again, you take a cheap shot by saying “some iron don’t like to be sharpen by other iron”.

        If you can stick to the theme and not convolute the subject- I’m open to correction. I said earlier I’m certainly no theology but I do study the Word and check myself with other more knowledgeable Christians that review my writings.

        For me, as a Christian is not to beat you or anyone else, but to grow in correct biblical understanding through discussion, debates by putting our brains too work. That’s my end goal.

        I would rather you contact me privately through my email and even talk on the phone.

         
  24. Ojomu Michael

    April 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    The Major problem the Church is facing in this world of today is ‘wrong teaching’.

    Pastor Creflo Dollar

     
    • israel carreto

      April 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Finally! You said something we both agree.
      Alot of bad teaching…C. Dollar is one of my favorite teacher’s..

       
    • Israel Carreto

      April 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Ojomu,
      After thinking about your question, I’ll give you the answer. But the theme isn’t about the Holy Spirit.
      And it is God that reveals the answer to Peter…Not the Holy Spirit.
      “for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” NIV version
      Again…your conflating two different themes.
      If we can’t agree that’s fine, but we need to have clarity.

       

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