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EXTREME MATERIALISM

LORD’S DAY, FEBRUARY 12
JUDGES 17:7-13
LUKE 12:20-21

 

"… he that layeth up treasure for himself
… is not rich toward God."

 

EXTREME MATERIALISM


Another individual who entered the scene in the last five chapters of the Book of Judges was a Levite from Bethlehemjudah (Judg 17:7). Evidently this Levite was unemployed and had no place of permanent service. During his travels northward, he encountered Micah and indicated that he sought a place of service. The very fact that the Levite wandered, seeking a means of support, revealed that the apostasy had left the Levites without provision from the people. The Israelites failed to give their tithes and offerings unto God, leaving the priests and Levites to wander to look for work for their own living.


Micah extended to this young priest an official "call" to his local shrine. This included a salary of ten shekels of silver, a suit of apparel, and food (Judg 17:10). The introduction of the Levite into this story is important because it shows that apostasy had not only influenced the thinking of the Israelites generally, but also that of the spiritual leaders in Israel. The Levite was content to accept such a position (Judg 17:11) in spite of what he knew of the Law of Moses and its prohibitions with regard to idolatry.


Materialism denies God. And it also brings the Christian down from the spiritual position given to him by God. Where he is but "a little lower than the angels" (Ps 8:5), he is made into a little higher than the apes.


Materialism drives man to the shopping malls rather than to the church sanctuaries. It motivates man to have big bank accounts, big cars and big houses rather than big tithes and offerings for the Lord. It destines man towards material prosperity rather than life in eternity. When materialism is fully embraced, the objective truth of God’s Word goes into the trash.


THOUGHT: Is my life driven by materialism?
PRAYER: "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him" (Ps 49:6-7).