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The rich get richer…and the poor get poorer.

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The rich use their assets to get more and more power.

The poor get pushed further and further to the margins.

The rich acquire, expand and devour in their desire to get the whole pie.

The poor retreat, regress and are left holding the empty pie pan.

• 1 Ent The rich get richer…and the poor get poorer. The rich use their assets to get more and more power. The poor get pushed further and further to the margins. The rich acquire, expand and

These words describe the U.S.

These words describe the U.S.

These words describe the U.S.

These words describe the U.S.

They describe Judea circa AD 60.

They describe Judea circa AD 60.

They describe Judea circa AD 60.

They describe Judea circa AD 60.

devour in their desire to get the whole pie. The poor retreat, regress and are left holding the empty pie pan. These words describe the U.S. They describe Judea circa AD 60.

James 1:9–11 ESV
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

James 1:9–11 ESV
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
James 1:9–11 ESV
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
James 1:9–11 ESV
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
James 1:9–11 ESV
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Are you rich?

someone richer than we are! The heaviest, most responsible parts of the message are for someone else. But perhaps we are. Rich. Maybe we need to work diligently to be certain that we are not
For many people the thing that is great about messages that compare and contrast the rich and the poor is that we always find ourselves amongst the poor. There's always someone richer than we are! The heaviest, most responsible parts of the message are for someone else.

For many people the thing that is great about messages that compare and contrast the rich and the poor is that we always find ourselves amongst the poor. There's always someone richer than we are! The heaviest, most responsible parts of the message are for someone else. But perhaps we are. Rich. Maybe we need to work diligently to be certain that we are not relying too much on the dollars we earn and the stuff we own.

There's always someone richer than we are! The heaviest, most responsible parts of the message are for someone else. But perhaps we are. Rich. Maybe we need to work diligently to be certain that we are not relying too much on the dollars we earn and the stuff we own.

But perhaps we are. Rich.

relying too much on the dollars we earn and the stuff we own.

Again in this text we are reminded that James knows Jesus' words well.

Maybe we need to work diligently to be certain that we are not relying too much on the dollars we earn and the stuff we own.

Again in this text we are reminded that James knows Jesus' words well.

▾ 3 Expand: Again in this text we are reminded that James knows Jesus' words well.
Expand: Again in this text we are reminded that James knows Jesus' words well.

Luke 4:18 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
Luke 4:18 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

Luke 6:20 ESV
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:20 ESV
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:20 ESV
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 14:13 ESV
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
Luke 14:13 ESV
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

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Matthew 19:24 ESV
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:24 ESV
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

And He is not unacquainted with the OT…

Amos 2:7 ESV
those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;
Amos 8:4 ESV
Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end,

• 4.2

Amos 8:4 ESV
Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end,

Amo

Amos 8:6 ESV
that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
Amos 8:6 ESV
that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?”

We cannot always make the poor less poor.

We cannot always make the poor less poor.

We cannot always make the poor less poor. We cannot always make the rich less proud. It is emphatically the churches responsibility to proclaim the grace and mercy and justice of God. It is

We cannot always make the rich less proud.

our task to remind everyone that those who have are answerable to those tho don't have and that we are all accountable.
It is emphatically the churches responsibility to proclaim the grace and mercy and justice of God. It is our task to remind everyone that those who have are answerable to those tho don't have and that we are all accountable.

Everyone is accountable to God, some bear more risk.

• Explore: Everyone is accountable to God, some bear more risk.

This text revolves around some basic facts.

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Fact 1: Context Matters.

▾ 1 Fact 1: Context Matters.

In his exaltation. (poverty)

In his humiliation. (riches)

Matthew 19:30 ESV
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Fact 2: Conditions are Shared.

The world is the world for everyone.

Everyone is mortal and all assets temporary.

Fact 3: Circumstances just Happen.

In the midst of his pursuits.

We don't choose the end game.

Where is your treasure?

Matthew 6:19–20 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19–20 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Your earthly assets are temporary.

Get yourself some of that heavenly treasure.

Get yourself some of that heavenly treasure.

Get yourself some of that heavenly treasure.

Accrue eternal assets.

Accrue eternal assets.

Accrue eternal assets.

You will be liberated from greed and release to serve.

You will be liberated from greed and release to serve.

You will be liberated from greed and release to serve.
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