"Kent, Come here boy!" Our golden retriever was in the middle of our tidewater canal barking.
Words and Phrasesvs 18 hide up treasures in the earth - the earth will not hold her treasures, for robbers will seek them out, rains will wash them away, etc. the earth changes it is not a sure and safe place to store up treasures.The only way the earth will be safe is if he who will hide it is a righteous man and hides it up unto God.vs 19 hide up treasures unto God... it is alright to be rich if you will choose to serve God with your riches. If a man has amassed a great deal of wealth and will not help those who are in need, those who come to him for help, then he is not seeking treasures for the work of God, but rather for his own pride, selfishness and greed. I know of many stories of people who were struggling to make ends meet and paid their tithing. The Lord was able to help them meet their debts because of someone who had righteously chosen to set their treasures unto God.vs 20 because they have set their hearts upon the riches..... How do we know when the riches we have are good? when we hide our treasures to keep them from our enemies.. when we hide our treasures because we are scared of their loss, or of our own selfishness, then we have need to fear the Lord's curse upon us.vs 21 cursed be because of your riches.. why would our riches be a curse unto us? When we have learned to love them more than others, more than those in need, more than our own family, more than God who has given them unto us. For all the riches of the earth are Gods.vs 22 ye do always remember your riches. ... Riches beget selfishness, When we remember God we remember others, to serve, to give back.vs 22. hearts are not drawn out.. pride, boasting, swelling envying, strife, malice, persecutions and murders iniquities. riches cause a great malady of sin. When we allow them to control us. When we allow ourselves to control them.. they can be used for great good. Riches are not the problem. Our heart is the problem.vs 23 iniquities cause us to forget one another, to live in a sense of community with all things in common. Ivs 24 Riches cause us to mock our prophets, to not listen, to cast them out of our lives, our time, our listening ears.