Pastor Roger Anghis
February 6, 2011
Our next verse is Proverbs 10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. We see God making a specific reference to the benefit of wealth. Again we see the Hebrew word hown used for wealth and it means simply, wealth. Webster’s definition of wealth is Prosperity; external happiness, riches, large possessions of money, goods or land; that abundance of worldly estate which exceeds the estate of the greater part of the community; affluence; opulence. The word used for “strong” is oz and means force, security, might, power, strength. God is saying that a man’s wealth is his defense. The more money he has, the better he is able to defend himself. The Hebrew word used for “destruction” is mechittah (mekh-it-taw) and it means ruin, terror, destruction. Webster defines destruction as the act of destroying; demolition; a pulling down; subversion; ruin, by whatever means; The Hebrew word used for “poor” is dal and it means reduced, weak, helpless, needy. The Hebrew word used for “poverty” is reysh and means outright poverty. Webster defines poverty as destitution of property; indigence; want of convenient means of subsistence. A man’s lack of substance is his ruin. God has made us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Conquerors are not poor, they don’t lack the very things man needs to survive. They possess the spoils of the conquered, the wealth of the land. That is who God intends for us to be.
Our next verse is Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. This verse is not one that is talked about in most churches. The Hebrew word for “blessing” is berakah (ber-aw-kaw) and it means prosperity. First off we see that it is the prosperity of the Lord that makes us rich. The Hebrew word for “rich ” is ashar and it means to accumulate, to grow rich, wax rich. We have learned earlier that this is a direct reference to material wealth and money. The key to this wealth from God is that it adds no sorrow. The literal translation uses the word pain for sorrow. This is the Hebrew word etseb and it means toil, grievous, sorrow. How often do you see or hear of someone that gains wealth, yet is miserable. How many times have we read that a famous actor or actress committed suicide. Their wealth did not and could not solve their problems. The wealth from God brings peace and happiness.
Our nest verse is Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. It is hard for a poor man to leave an inheritance. But God states that a good man, a man that is gracious will set aside money and property for his grandchildren. Keep in mind that in the Jewish culture, it goes without saying that an inheritance is set aside for the children. God intends for the believer to be well enough off to be able to take care of his children and grandchildren. Keep in mind also that in the days of the Old Testament patriarchs they had lots of children and even more grandchildren. The God states that the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Right now most of the wealth is in the hands of the sinner. All that money, wealth and possessions are being stored up for the believers. The Hebrew word for “wealth” is chayil (khah-yil) and means possessions, resources, riches, substance. All of this is wealth, worldly possessions. The Hebrew word for “laid” is tsaphan (tsaw-fan) and means hoard, treasure up. The Hebrew word for “just” is tsaddiyq (tsad-deek) and means righteous, lawful. The sinner may be enjoying his wealth right now, but the day will come that all of his wealth will be transferred to the righteous. Some say how can that happen? We saw this when the children of Israel left Egypt. They took all the wealth of Egypt with them leaving Egypt a third world nation that they have never, nor will they ever recover from. God has His ways of getting the money to us. All we have to do is believe Him.
The next verse is Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. The Hebrew word for “integrity” is tom and it means completeness, prosperity. Webster defines integrity as wholeness; entireness; unbroken state. Wholeness means not lacking anything. God says that a man that is just, lawful, righteous will live in completeness lacking nothing. The Hebrew word for “blessed” is esher and it means happy. The righteous man will leave wealth for his children. When a man leaves substance to his children instead of debt, he leaves more than material wealth. He leaves a legacy of righteousness which is a cause of happiness.
Our next verse speaks directly to how we respect God and His commandments. Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. This seems to contradict what most of the church has been taught. The literal translation states “The reward of humility. . .” This gives us an indication that there is some type of benefit or profit from humility. The Hebrew word used for “reward” is eqeb (ay-keb) and it means compensation or reward. The Hebrew word used for “humility” is anavah and it means condescension, gentleness, meekness, humility. Webster defines condescension as voluntary descent from rank, dignity or just claims; relinquishment of strict right; submission to inferiors in granting requests or performing acts which strict justice does not require. Hence, courtesy.
So many time growing up I was told by a preacher that humility was connected to wealth, but it was the LACK of wealth that made a person humble. Operating in humility has nothing to do with money. You can be humble being rich or being poor. Humility is part of character not the size of your bank account. Think about it, God is the most humble person ever and He is the wealthiest person ever! The Hebrew word used for “riches” is osher and it means wealth, far richer. The root of this word is ashar and it means to accumulate, casue to make rich, become rich, was rich. The Hebrew word for “honour” is kabod and it means splendor, gloriousness, honour, copiousness. Webster defines copiousness as Abundance; plenty; great quantity; full supply.
God, again informs us that by being obedient to His ways and His will, we will be rewarded with not just a get by existence, but with great honor and riches, material wealth and money.
Our next verse speaks of who is the servant and who is the master. Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Notice that the person in charge is the one with the money. Remember in Romans 8:37 it states that we are more than conquerors. Conquerors are servants! They are the ones in charge. God says that the rich rule over the poor. The Hebrew word for “ruleth” is mashal and it means to have dominion, govern, rule, to have power, reign. The word for “poor” is ruwsh (roosh) and it means needy, lack, destitute. Webster defines destitute as not having or possessing; wanting; as destitute of virtue, or of piety; destitute of food and clothing. Needy; abject; comfortless; friendless. We have seen nowhere in scripture where God has called the believer to be destitute. The Hebrew word of the word “servant” is ebed and it means bondage, bond-servant, man-servant. The believer is NOT to be a bondservant to no man. Paul teaches us in Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: The Greek word for owe means to be in debt. God does not want a believer to be indebted to anyone. For the last 75+ years the church has taught that a person can not live a debt free life.
A person must owe for something, a home, a car, appliances. I was talking to a fellow Christian a few years back and they just finished building a new church building and he was talking about how they had it financed and I told him about a preacher I know who built a 17 million dollar church and paid cash for it. This never sunk in for this guy. His first question was where did that preacher find the financing for such a large sum. I told him again that he paid cash for it and again he was curious as to where he found a bank that would finance that much for a church. Living a life where you can pay cash for everything just doesn’t register with most Christians. It seems so far out of reach that it is inconceivable to them. But that is where God wants us. Paul writes in (Amplified) 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. That is not operating in poverty. That is operating in vast amounts of wealth.
The next verse speaks of the results of godly wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 24:3-4 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: (4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. The wisdom spoken of here is NOT worldly wisdom. Proverbs chapter 4 instructs us to get wisdom and understanding. This is Solomon speaking to his son. Solomon knew where wisdom came from and it wasn’t from man. He was the wisest man in the world and his prayer to God was to give him wisdom for governing Israel. 1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore The Hebrew word for “understanding” is tabunah and it means intelligence, discretion, reason, understanding. The only place to get real intelligence, discretion, reason and understanding is from God.
That is where all wisdom lies. The Hebrew word for “filled” is male (maw-lay) and it means to furnish, replenish, satisfy, fullness. The Hebrew word for “precious”is yakar and it means costly, excellent, precious. Webster defines precious as of great price; costly; as a precious stone. Of great value or worth; very valuable, highly valued; much esteemed.
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The Hebrew word for “pleasant” is naiym and it means sweet, pleasant. The lexicon state that in this verse it means delightful of wealth. The Hebrew word for “riches” is hown and it means wealth, riches, substance. Also note that verse states all precious and pleasant riches. The word “all” is the Hebrew word kowl (kole) and it means any or every, all manner, the whole, whatsoever. It must be understood that God is willing to give the believer all the good things that they desire when the believer is faithful to God. God can be too much.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org