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[A Bible Study In Attending To The COVETOUSNESS That Infects The Hearts Of Man-Types]

INTRODUCTION:

This is somewhat a “strange” title, and maybe even topic, would you not agree, Students?  And, yet, THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD Has Chosen To Give this title and topic to this Teacher to present as a Lesson to Students of the Great Grace Bible Study Group on this occasion; so there must be a reason for such that our GOD Desires that we should all know.

Although dogs are very lovable pets to numerous persons, and are even felt, by many, to be “members of the family”, this Teacher is certain that most persons will agree with the thought that dogs have never been thought of as ever having presented a Sermon to anyone.  Yet, that is precisely what this Teacher is contending will be found to be the situation through the words of the Lesson that is presented, today, if one will look closely enough to witness such.

Admittedly, this Instructor does NOT know exactly where THE HOLY SPIRIT Will Lead this Teacher in the presentation of this Study, but this Instructor will Walk in FAITH, As Directed By YAHVEH GOD and HIS Righteous Son, The Glorified Yeshua Ha Meshiach [Jesus The Messiah/Christ], through the pages of The HOLY BIBLE to arrive at that place in which we are to find The TRUTH That YAHVEH GOD Has Prepared For our edification, today.  Should Students of the Great Grace Bible Study Group have a mind to do so, and even if you haven’t, please journey with this Teacher into The REALM of THE SPIRIT, In Which we will find The TRUTH that will enable us to grow in The GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of our GOD, as we continue our journeys toward The Coming KINGDOM of GOD.

May THE HEAVENLY FATHER and GOD Of ALL GLORY, THE ETERNALLY LIVING ONE, YAHVEH, Impart To this Instructor The POWER of THE GRACE of HIS PRESENCE To Make this Lesson real and meaningful to each Student that will hear its words, today.  Amen.

And now, Students, today’s Lesson.

LESSON:

Luke 16:19  “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:”

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We open today’s Study with a PARABLE of our Lord which is a storyline presented to introduce a Moral Lesson to its hearer(s).  This particular Parable is one that actually addresses the issue of COVETOUSNESS.  The word COVETOUS is covered under a myriad of definitions that Students of TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING should know, and we will discuss them in just a moment.  How does this Teacher KNOW that COVETOUSNESS is the subject of this particular Parable?  In order that we might find the answer to this interrogative, let us go back to begin this Study by reading Verse 14 of this same chapter.

Luke 16:14  “And the Pharisees also, who were COVETOUS, heard all these things: and they derided him.”

15  “And he said unto them, ‘Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but GOD Knoweth your hearts [minds/thoughts]: for that which is highly esteemed among men is Abomination In The SIGHT of GOD.’”

The Religious Leaders of Judah, known as the Pharisees, are a greedy, egotistical, bunch of narcissists, that have just been told, by our Lord, Yeshua, The TRUTH of their Spiritual states, and they are not at all pleased with Yeshua because of the revelation of TRUTH that he has given to them.  It is exposed to them that they are GREEDY, desiring to hold onto every coin of that which they have amassed, and are UNWILLING to share a single Shekel of their financial holdings with any other person(s), beyond their own inner-circle of family members and intimate friends, that might be found to be in some sort of need with which these individuals might assist them.  These personal inner-circles are all that has ever tended to truly matter, whatsoever, to these Pharisees.  They are hypocrites who pretend to others to be upstanding, righteous, concerned, individuals about the plight(s) of another/others, but The TRUTH is that they are everything but that which they claim to be.  That which they have amassed, in which they place such great stock, is HATED In The SIGHT of GOD.  One is reminded of what one finds written, regarding such a situation, in the Book of I Timothy 6:10.

I Timothy 6:10  “For the love of money is the ROOT [cause] of ALL evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from The FAITH, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  

So often, Religionists will speak about “the love of money”, but we seldom, if ever, hear these same Religionists tell us WHY one is NOT to LOVE money: the fact is, Beloved, that YAHVEH GOD Has NEVER Intended that we love ANYTHING that is inanimate, or subhuman — which are diametrically

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opposite to those RIGHTEOUS THINGS of which The Holy Bible Speaks.  While one might appreciate and enjoy such inanimate and subhuman things, they are NEVER to be LOVED!  Whenever LOVE is spoken of in GOD’s Word, The Holy Bible, such is ALWAYS spoken of regarding our LORD GOD, THE HEAVENLY FATHER, our Righteous SAVIOR, The Glorified Lord Yeshua Ha Meshiach, and HUMAN Creations, as ALL of such Have an Integral Part To Play Pertaining To The KINGDOM of HEAVEN and our attaining that KINGDOM.  We are told to NEVER love ANY of the THINGS that exist within this World (I John 2:15-17)

Today, MANY persons live with a great MISUNDERSTANDING of what The Holy Scriptures Impart To us From The MIND of GOD regarding this very matter: such persons have never stopped to truly understand what our HEAVENLY FATHER Has Told us.  As a result, they enter into LOVE of houses, jewelry, artifacts, artworks, cars, money, trips, parties, animals, and so much more.  In doing such things, they VIOLATE The Word of THE LIVING GOD, as the LOVE of such THINGS is an expression of GREED, which is ALWAYS COVETOUSNESS.  Did you ever truly take the time to reflect upon this fact, and how it is a reality within our lives?  This was the type of life and lifestyle lived by the Pharisees, as well as ever-increasing numbers of Religionists, Politicians, and others, today.  Let’s take a look at the MEANINGS of the word COVETOUS, following which we will get back to what our Lord revealed to the Pharisees about their COVETOUSNESS, and how dogs have given Sermons to us.

COVETOUS[Greek: 866]: Aphilaguros“Unavaricious; Without Covetousness; Not greedy of filthy lucre (money).”

                             [Greek: 4123]: Pleonektes - “Holding more; Eager for gain; Avaricious, hence, a Defrauder.”

                             [Greek: 4124]: Pleonexia“Extortion; Greediness; Fraudulence; Covetous practices.”                  

                              [Greek: 5366]: Philarguros“Fond of Silver (money).”

Here, we have our definitions for the word COVETOUS, as provided from the Greek Section of The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible.  As you can see, most of them are quite similar in their descriptions, with the exception of the word APHILAGUROS, which speaks of being WITHOUT Covetousness; NOT greedy of filthy lucre (money)”, which appears quite different from, and in direct

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opposition to, the other definitions provided.  Now, what can this mean to us?!?  Lest ANYONE should begin to erroneously THINK that there is anything positive about COVETOUSNESS, please think again!  This word, APHILAGUROS, simply describes EVERY OTHER TYPE OF GREED aside from that which one might have FOR merely achieving FINANCIAL GAIN, or MONETARY ACQUISITION.  It is the kind of GREED that one displays for the gaining of personal acclaim, the acquisition of certain job positions, honor, fame, glory, praise, etcetera.  But, HOW does all of this factor into the topic of today’s Lesson?!?  Now that this portion of groundwork has been laid out for GGBSG Students, let this Teacher begin to take you another step closer upon the real journey that we are to make in today’s Lesson, so that we will gain a benefit that our GOD Has In Store For us.

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Luke 10:30  “And Jesus [Yeshua] answering said, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”

31  “And by chance there came down a certain Priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”

32  “And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.”

Enter into the scene of Yeshua’s Parable two RELIGIOUS personalities: a Priest and a LeviteBOTH are to be examples of GOD’s PRESENCE Within the Earth to others.  Yet, we notice their RESPONSES to the person who lies helpless, and so very much in need of their assistance.  First, we have the PRIEST who comes along vestured in the garments of his Priestly office.  He most certainly LOOKS the part of the role that he is to play in life.  However, we soon see that the PRIEST doesn’t even come near the wounded party; he doesn’t want to SEE the problem, but chooses to remain oblivious to it.  As long as he does NOT witness it first-hand, he can PRETEND that such a problem really doesn’t exist, at all.  In his self-righteousness, and “I’m not involved”, attitude, he crosses the road and passes as far away from the condition of this man as he can [“…passed by ON THE OTHER SIDE.”].  The Priest views this man’s plight as having absolutely nothing to do with him, personally, when he KNOWS that quite the OPPOSITE is True (Leviticus 19:33-34).  Therefore, given the consideration of what is written in Leviticus 19:33-34, we find this Priest to be a HYPOCRITE!  He lives every day of his life to “pull the

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wool” over the eyes of the people who place so much confidence in his ability to lead them in Walking along The Paths of Righteousness, while he, himself, refuses to Walk The Walk.  He is a FRAUD!

Next, the LEVITE comes along the same path.  Like his counterpart, the Priest, the Levite is “proud” to wear the trappings of the office That GOD Has Given To those that serve in his particular religious capacity: he is trusted, esteemed, and even revered by the people.  He is so very pleased to be recognized by others as a “Man of The Cloth”, or “Preacher”, as long as such a status does not require him to DEMONSTRATE the reality of the position that he holds, or the lessons that he teaches to others: he, too, is a HYPOCRITE and FRAUD.

Luke 10:33  “But, a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,”

“But, a certain Samaritan…”  Thank GOD for “BUT…”  Now enters one who is HATED by the man lying prostrate, and helpless, upon the ground — a Samaritan.  This man, a Samaritan, recognizes this helpless man to be a hated JEW, and, according to the staunch positions taken by the masses of the people of BOTH their particular groups, would see himself as having every legitimate reason to ignore the plight of the one lying upon the ground along his route.  It would be such a very simple matter to merely keep on moving along his determined way.  He might justify his actions by stating, like the Priest, that he is “not involved”, and that the matter “has nothing to do” with him.  He might say that he is “late”, and “behind schedule”, getting to where he desires to be.  There is also the opportunity to hide behind the guise of not having “enough money” to attend to the need of a fallen Creation of GOD.  Also, like the Levite, he might cloak himself in an attitude of pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness, in thinking that this man, a detested Jew, is getting no more than what he “justly deserves”.  As Man-Types [Mankind] might tend to view the matter, he has a “right” to ignore the plight of this man.

Yet, there is something within this Samaritan that WILL NOT Allow him to do so, but Constrains him, and Pulls Upon him to address the condition of this man that is before him.  Within this Samaritan Is THE SPIRIT of GOD, Which Is THE SPIRIT of LOVE.  Today, this Teacher is appalled at the numbers of persons who are absolutely livid over the fact that the Affordable Health Care Law would be provided to the masses of the people of this nation, when so many of our people and families are hurting, sick, and dying without medical assistance.  MANY of those in opposition to this law are some of the same people who will spend like drunken sailors on various frivolous things that will soon be covered with dust and rust, taking up much-needed space in the garage, shed, or driveway; yet, like the Priest and the

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Levite, they will refuse to SEE the plight of their fallen neighbors, and will choose to pass by on the other side.  Do they not think that GOD SEES what it is that they do?!?  Do they THINK That HE Is Oblivious To their failures to care about the welfare of others among them? (Proverbs 15:3)

Luke 10:34  “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an Inn, and took care of him.”

WHAT is this verse presenting for our consideration, Beloved?  It is providing us with an ACTION of INVESTMENT!  In order for TRUE LOVE to exist, there MUST be INVESTMENT in the welfare, concerns, and affairs of OTHERS!  NOBODY cares how much you KNOW, until they KNOW how much you CARE! (Matthew 7:12)  As this Teacher has so often stated to Students of the Great Grace Bible Study Group, this Teacher’s father would frequently state: “Son, love IS NOT merely what you SAY, but love is, in fact, what you DO!”  This Teacher has always remembered these words, and endeavors to carry them within this Teacher’s heart/mind EVERYDAY of this Teacher’s life, and to put them into PRACTICEUNLIKE the Priest and the Levite, this Samaritan LIVED these very words.  We find that he takes his expensive oil and wine and pours them into the wounds, cleansing them of the potential infection that might have festered inside them, causing the man even greater distress, and maybe death, and binds them up.  He DOES NOT stand around debating how much it will cost him to do what he must do to care for this man, as so many of us tend to do, today, within The United States of America.  He already KNOWS that additional monies are to be spent to provide a room and care at the Inn for a man about whom he knows virtually NOTHING.  Clearly, this wounded man is getting deeply into the pocket of this Samaritan benefactor, but the Samaritan seems to care very little about his own concerns.  He SEES the NEED of his NEIGHBOR

35  “And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two Pence, and gave them to the Host, and said unto him, ‘Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.’”

Not only does this Samaritan obligate himself for the PRESENT, but takes on the responsibility of the FUTURE concerns of his NEIGHBOR, as well.  Furthermore, we also take notice of the fact that this man is the Samaritan’s NEIGHBOR, not because of the commonality of ethnicity, or any shared experiences, but by virtue of the NEED of the one man, and nothing more.  HOW CAN WE BE a “Christian Nation”, as so many persons contend, when we WILL NOT PRACTICE, toward OUR NEIGHBORS, what a Christian/Believer is to DO?!?  We have a tendency, like the Priest and the Levite,

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to LIE to ourselves!  WE, as a NATION of people, have become the HYPOCRITES and FRAUDS that we CLAIM so much to detest!

Some will state: “You started out discussing the issue of COVETOUSNESS, and talking about “A Sermon From The Dogs”, but you seem to have veered from that direction, wandering off the path from where you initially began this Study, and we haven’t heard much about dogs, at all.  What does what you have been talking about, so far, have to do with the subject of this Lesson?”  

As always, this Teacher applauds you for the insightfulness of your recognition, and the spot-on nature of your questioning.  Many will see NO Covetousness in the self-centered responses of the Priest and Levite, whatsoever, but this Teacher maintains that such responses on the parts of these two individuals WERE expressions of COVETOUSNESS as these two persons DID NOT desire to invest their TIME, EFFORT, MONEY, and INVOLVEMENT to attend to the welfare of their fallen neighbor.  Remember that the word APHILAGUROS, which we reviewed earlier, addressed the issue of Covetousness from the standpoint of one NOT being GREEDY for MONEY; however, we MUST begin to more fully COMPREHEND, and KEEP IN MIND, that Covetousness CAN, and often does, involve other facets of our existences aside from direct monetary concerns, alone.

Let this Teacher assure you that this Instructor HASN’T forgotten to deal with the subject of this Lesson; this Teacher only asks that Students please be just a little more patient, as this Instructor will begin to tie all the ends together.

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Matthew 7:6  “Give not that which is HOLY unto the dogs, neither cast ye your Pearls before Swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

Our Master says something that should arrest the attention of EVERY person that reads the words of Matthew 7:6WHAT is Yeshua telling us in this verse of which we should be aware?!?  What are these references to “dogs”, as well as “Swine”?!?  In order to begin to ascertain and understand what Yeshua is saying, it is incumbent that each one of us focus in upon the word “HOLY”.  Whatever is declared to be HOLY Has To Do With YAHVEH GOD, THE HEAVENLY FATHER AND CREATOR.  Therefore, Yeshua is stating that ALL Such HOLY Things are NEVER to be given to “Dogs” and

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“Swine”.  He is saying that we are NEVER to attempt to include such into any meaningful discussion of HOLINESS.

But, still the question resounds:  What IS a “Dog”, or “Swine”, in a SPIRITUAL SENSE, as such are considered within the words of this verseThis Teacher will not record the actual Greek words that define these two words, but SWINE and DOG are defined as exactly what we ordinarily understand them to mean in our daily lives.  They are the words in the Greek Lexicon of The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible, which are (5519) and (2965), respectively, and are defined as “A Hog, or Swine”, and “A hound”.  So, then, are we not left exactly where we were before we began our quest to understand the meaning of this verse?  No, we are not!  We are able to move on.  Our search for the answer takes us to Exodus 22:31.  Let’s listen to The Words of YAHVEH GOD:

Exodus 22:31  “And ye shall be HOLY men unto ME: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs!”

We assess, from this verse, that what is HOLY is NEVER to be given to the “dogs”.  While actual dogs are Wonderful in their own rights, and fine for the purpose(s) for which they Were CREATED, By GOD, they are NEVER to be viewed as HOLY in ANY way, whatsoever!  When PERSONS are referred to as “dogs”, by Yeshua, he is addressing those individuals who ARE NOT HOLY, and display the unrighteous CHARACTERISTICS of NOT being such; thereby, making them UNACCEPTABLE for Sacred Service In The EYES of YAHVEH GOD!  Remember what dogs are said to have done in I Kings 21:23-24, and 22:37-38Dogs are NOT HOLY!!!  DON’T EVER try to make them such!

II Kings 9:7  “And thou shalt smite [destroy] the house of Ahab thy master, that I May Avenge the blood of MY Servants the Prophets, and the blood of all the Servants of THE LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.”

“And the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I Will Cut Off From Ahab him that pisseth against the wall [any male heirs], and him that is shut up and left in Israel:”

10  “‘And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her!’  And he opened the door, and fled.”

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Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, and secretly anoint him king over the nation of Israel.  Bear in mind that this is to be done while the venomous and extremely dangerous queen, Jezebel, and her wicked husband, king Ahab, still live and reign.  Any beginning Bible student should know that this was a very dangerous thing to do.  But, THIS Bible Teacher has always found that GOD Doesn’t Necessarily CALL HIS TRUE Servants so that they might AVOID harm, but that they might often Walk FAITHFULLY in the very MIDST of such.

The “house of Ahab and Jezebel”, which denotes their rule over the nation, is to Be DESTROYED By YAHVEH GOD because of their sinful actions of putting to death all of the TRUE Prophets of YAHVEH, so that The TRUTH of GOD might not be heard by the people.  They have been two blatantly unrighteous people, and the time of their demises has come.  GOD Promises To Have the dogs devour Jezebel, leaving only the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet remaining.  The Message was delivered: and so it was to come to pass.  As we can see, there was NO really positive role for the dogs in this matter. In this consideration of dogs, a Sermon is provided that Men should NEVER oppose A JUST and VENGEFUL GOD.  Let us make another consideration, in our Study, that will take place many centuries later, in which dogs will be a consideration.

Matthew 15:21  “Then Jesus [Yeshua] went thence [there], and departed into the costs of Tyre and Sidon.”

22  “And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, ‘Have Mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David!  My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil!’”   

23  “But he answered her not a word.  And his Disciples [Talmidim] came and besought him, saying, ‘Send her away; for she crieth after us!’”

24  “But he answered and said, ‘I Am NOT Sent but Unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’”

25  “Then came she [forward] and worshipped him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’”

26  “But he answered and said, ‘It is not meet [appropriate] to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs!’”

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While Yeshua IS  NOT actually stating that this woman is a dog, he IS making an analogy, through using a metaphor, so that he might present a Spiritual Reality for her to consider: a “dog” is to be recognized, in this verse, as an UNRIGHTEOUS INDIVIDUAL, who has NO PLACE in participating in The Things of A HOLY GOD.  There is NO HOLY consideration of such individuals, whatsoever.

Matthew 15:27  “And she said, ‘Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table(s).’”

The woman persists.  She states, “I understand precisely what you are saying, Lord; and I agree with you.  It is TRUE that the dogs AREN’T given the best parts of the meal to eat, nor should they be.  However, Lord, these same dogs DO eat those portions of such a meal that might accidently fall from their masters’ tables, thereby eating something of substance, and their masters don’t attempt to take it from them.  Will you not consider me, a CREATION of GOD, with the same compassion as these dogs receive from their masters?”

28  “Then Jesus [Yeshua] answered and said unto her, ‘O woman, great is thy  FAITH!  Be it unto thee even as thou wilt [desire].’  And her daughter Was Made Whole from that very hour.”

In our Study of the Sermons presented from the dogs, in this particular instance the Sermon is presented through our continuing consideration of dogs as such relates to GOD’s COMPASSION Toward the less fortunate.  The Sermon Message Is: GOD WILL ANSWER those that will come to HIM and prevail upon HIM for HIS DELIVERANCE.  What a Sermon this is!  THIS woman UNDERSTOOD this Sermon.  Do you?  Let us continue with our exploration of COVETOUSNESS as we pursue our Study of A SERMON FROM THE DOGS.

Luke 16:10  “He that is Faithful in that which is least is Faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

11  “If, therefore, ye have not been Faithful in the unrighteous mammon [riches], who will commit to your trust the TRUE Riches?”

Listen to the words of our Lord!  People LIE when they declare that they would be “more generous” IF ONLY they had “more to give”.  Allow this Instructor to use some of this Teacher’s best phraseology in encapsulating this point: They are FULL OF IT!   A bigger LIE has never been told, and that is precisely

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WHAT Yeshua is stating, for our consideration, in the words of these two verses.  When persons have LITTLE, but GIVE of what they have, it is a SIGN of the fact that they have generous hearts toward GOD and others, and WOULD CHOOSE TO GIVE MORE IF THEY HAD MORE TO GIVE.  However, when persons DO NOT GIVE FROM THE LITTLE THAT THEY HAVE, it is also a SIGN that they are penurious and WILL NOT GIVE EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE MORE!  Remember what Yeshua presents to us in Mark 12:41-44.  It is a matter of the HEART/MIND, Beloved: therefore, it is a matter of the COVETOUSNESS that is displayed in the ways in which persons RESPOND to money.  Beloved, it is as simple a matter as this, and it is the Lesson that our Lord would have us to recognize, learn, and grow to appreciate.  

Luke 16:12  “And if ye have not been Faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?”

People will WATCH, often quite closely, how one handles that which belongs to others: it is WHY we have Fiduciary Agents, Accountants, and Auditors to look over our Budgets, Balance Sheets, Financial Statements and other records.  Their jobs are to determine whether persons are handling such matters with care.  If one CANNOT be entrusted and trusted to take care of that which belongs to someone else, would one not be even less inclined to pay close attention to that which is one’s personal property?  Beloved, FAITHFULNESS is a quality that pervades EVERY AREA of one’s life: when it is not present within the less recognized, or obvious, areas of one’s life, the reality is that it is not present within one’s life, at all.

13  “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve GOD and mammon [wealth/riches/things]!”

Again, we continue to speak of that which we began to address at the opening of this Lesson: the area of COVETOUSNESS.  Our Lord makes it CLEAR that our longings for MONEY and THINGS will SEPARATE us from the focus of our Love for GOD! The Word of GOD Says that we should FLEE from such things (I Timothy 6:10-11) This Teacher DOESN’T CARE how much Religionists, and others, stand in opposition to what this Instructor has just stated, and try to twist and pull The Word of GOD to distort Its TRUTH to their own purposes, because this Teacher has spoken The TRUTH.  It is WHAT our Lord Taught us, and it is WHAT this Instructor will BELIEVE and TEACH, as well.

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We began this Lesson by reading from Luke 16:19, at which point we learned of a RICH man who was “clothed in purple”, which denotes the most expensive type of garment of the day.  This man lacked NOTHING in life, but had what we would refer to, today, as “money to burn”.  At this point, we will return to pick up our Lesson at that same Scripture, for our departure point as we continue to pursue our Study of A SERMON FROM THE DOGS.

Luke 16:19  “There was a certain rich man, which [who] was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:”

As stated, this man is the Bill Gates or Warren Buffett of his day: in essence, he lacks for nothing.  His lifestyle is among the more lavish that could be provided to anyone.  He is in good health, and can afford the finest Physicians to attend to himself and to his family’s needs.  His servants are numerous,  attending to every requirement of the household, and his income continues to flourish, while he enjoys frequent trips to other more extravagant locations whenever the desire, or need, arises.  He is more than very comfortable.      

20  “And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which [who] was laid at his gate, full of sores,”

Now, our gazes are shifted to a scene that is diametrically opposed to that of the rich man: our eyes now fall upon a beggar lying prostrate upon the ground at the gate of this very same wealthy individual.  This man lies positioned so that the rich man will observe him when passing in, or out, of his gate: this man CANNOT be overlooked; he is there for ALL within this residence to see.  Our observation finds that his body is full of oozing sores, his skin is sallow, his lips are dry and parched, and in his sunken eyes is the look of longing for someone — just anyone — to take compassion upon his plight.

21  “And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.”

We find that Lazarus DOES NOT lie at the rich man’s gate with a picket sign, or some type of vocal rally parading up and down in front of the property, demanding that this rich man make some sort of enormous financial donation to Lazarus’ cause.  It is likely Lazarus realizes that the rich man’s money is the rich man’s own, to do with as he chooses, and that there is NO legal requirement for him to part with some portion of it in order to provide any type of assistance to Lazarus, whatsoever.  But, lest some might THINK so, does the matter really end there?  We shall see, shortly.

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Lazarus doesn’t make demands upon the rich man, but merely lies there in the HOPE that he might evoke pity from the heart/mind of the man who has so much.  Will this man ever choose to take pity upon him?  Lazarus lives each day of his miserable life in HOPE.

Eventually the dogs come, and as dogs will often do, begin to sniff and lick that which many find to be most repulsive, the sores that cover Lazarus like a mantle.  It is evident that the dogs pay the type of attention to Lazarus that this rich man was able to provide, and should have provided to him.  The dogs speak a silent Sermon to all.  However, as is the situation with Lazarus, there remains some degree of HOPE that the rich man will begin to make adjustments in his behavior: to this point, he has been completely COVETOUS and unwilling to share of his great wealth with one that would be greatly appreciative.

Luke 16:22  “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the Angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;”

23  “And in Hell [the grave] he lift[ed] up his eyes, being in torments [pain], and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom [close familial relationship].”  

There is MUCH to be discussed from these two verses, and those that follow them, which speak of a FUTURE TIME, but that is NOT the purpose of today’s Lesson.  Suffice it to be said that things have now taken a VERY GREAT TURN, or role reversal, for the benefit of Lazarus, but has not at all turned in a positive way for the greedy rich man.  The former is now GREATLY BLESSED, while the latter undergoes the unimaginable pain of torment beyond comprehension, as Spiritual Reality begins to set in for him.  He is going to Be DESTROYED in The Lake of Fire and Brimstone Assigned as the Final Stop for ALL unrighteous persons, and COVETOUSNESS IS unrighteousness; while Lazarus will live FOREVER in a close Family Relationship [“bosom”] With YAHVEH GOD, The Glorified Yeshua Ha Meshiach, Righteous Abraham, and the Glorified Saints, Within The KINGDOM of GODIF ONLY this rich man had turned away from his unrighteous COVETOUS nature, as YAHVEH GOD Has Instructed ALL To Do within The Holy Scriptures, and had chosen to listen to the silent, but oh so real, Sermon preached from the lessons taught through the actions of the dogs that cared more for Lazarus than did he; for even the dogs appeared to have responded with far more consideration and compassion than did he.  The Question is:  Will WE choose to listen to A SERMON FROM THE DOGS?

CONCLUSION:

A SERMON FROM THE DOGS”  —  2/1/2014

 Great Grace Bible Study Group – Page 14

Sabbath Bible Study

This Teacher, as so many dog lovers the world over, has always been impressed with some of the wonderful things that dogs are known to do.  Without a doubt, they are very special companions to many people.  They assist the blind in being able to carry out day-to-day routines that would otherwise provide a much greater degree of difficulty and challenge.  They help to keep us safer by sniffing out dangerous explosive devices that would harm, or even destroy, the lives of many innocent persons.  Dogs are the inseparable companions to small boys, who, after long days of activity, fall asleep with their dogs beside them upon their beds at night.  They even sit patiently, quietly undergoing the ignominy, as our daughters insist upon having them join them in games of “dress-up”, and tea parties.

Today, we have taken a much different look at the activities of dogs and the messages that persons could have learned from these marvelous creatures, IF persons were to have been Spiritually Astute, and attuned to The Things of GOD.  Let us strive to be smarter than they: let us listen to HEAR that which is spoken, even when such might be A SERMON FROM THE DOGS.  May YAHVEH GOD Give To us the Spiritual Ears required to hear.  Amen.

Until next time, Beloved …

 MAY WE LISTEN FOR OUR MASTER’S VOICE.

AMEN

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