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Ecclesiastes 11 (ESV)
INTRODUCTION: What would you expect the WISEST man who was also the WEALTHIEST man who ever lived so say about money? Do you suppose if the WISEST man who ever lived who was also the WEALTHIEST man who ever lived gave you financial advice, would you take it?
Oh yeah, it would be priceless wouldn't you think? Well - that is basically what you have in Ecclesiastes 11. Solomon is going to stop for a few verses and talk about money.
According to Author Randy Alcorn, "Throughout the entire Bible there are roughly 2,350 verses concerning money. This is roughly twice as many as faith and prayer combined. Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said related to money and possessions. He spoke about money and possessions more than heaven and hell combined. The only subject Jesus spoke of more often is the Kingdom of God. Why? Because the Scriptures make clear there is a fundamental connection between a person's spiritual life and his attitudes and actions concerning money and possessions. Often we divorce the two -- Christ sees them as essentially related to one another."
So it should not surprise us that practically every book of the bible deals with money and possessions and least of all it shouldn't surprise us that Ecclesiastes does since it was by the richest and wisest man who ever lived.
One might expect that Solomon at this point in his journey, considering he is very pessimistic in regards to the state of the world would advise us to become, "Doomsday Preppers" but Surprisingly that's not at all the case... Look what he says.
TEXT: Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 (ESV)
1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.
So Solomon says, in this midst of this difficult, unpredictable world - give.
EXPLANATION: John Lange in his commentary writes - He is not saying, cast it away, nor send it away in ships as merchandise, but rather give it away in unc ...
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