Monday, April 17, 2017

"And he came to Nazareth" - Not Wealth or Honor in this World


Not Wealth or Honor in this World

It is often said that if you get the world but you lose your freedom, it is nothing.

The underlying teaching must come from Jesus' words.  So, it means that if you get abundant wealth and worldly honor but you lose faith in God, it is nothing.

It is related to judgment on value.  But more profoundly, it is related to how much we fear God who wants human beings to respect love and justice more than abundant rich and worldly honor.

So, we had better think that one of the aims of Jesus' preaching is to teach us that we are obliged to have the fear of God.

Nonetheless we cannot easily see God while we can clearly see abundant rich and worldly honor.  It is easier to believe in what we can see more than what we cannot see.  That is why we have to make efforts to follow the teaching of God to get the ability to see what cannot be simply, easily, and naturally seen.

And eventually, we might find that freedom and faith in God are more valuable than wealth or honor in this world.

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Luk 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.