Eleven of the 39 parables He tells are about finances.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Kingdom/God This is the most common topic in Jesus ‘ teaching. In fact, you could make a strong argument for this being his primary message that everything else was centered around. It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus , who was God, taught mostly about God and His Kingdom.
“Money and possessions are the second most referenced topic in the Bible – money is mentioned more than 800 times – and the message is clear: Nowhere in Scripture is debt viewed in a positive way.”
The ” Parable of the Talents “, in Matthew 25:14–30 tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants. The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents , where a talent was a significant amount of money .
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives. Matthew 5:42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
When you’re in debt , it consumes your life. God does not want us to be careless with our money. On the contrary, He wants us to handle our money His way so that it doesn’t have to consume so much of our time, energy, and thoughts.
As we turn to the Bible for wisdom and discretion, let’s meditate on this piece of encouragement: Don’t close off your heart when you’re in the situation of being asked to give to beggars . “ Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Keep your heart soft, and open to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Thy kingdom come on earth as in heaven .” From as early as the third century, some Christian teachers tried to blend this with types of the Platonic belief, generating the idea of “leaving earth and going to heaven ,” which became mainstream by the Middle Ages.
And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is the only saying which appears in more than one Gospel, and is a quote from Psalm 22:1 (or probably Psalm 42:9).
When Jesus began His ministry on earth , by standing up in the synagogue in Nazareth to read the Scriptures, He outlined His mandate – “to preach good news to the poor.to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour..” (
The coin in the fish’s mouth mentioned in Matthew 17 is usually thought to be a Tyrian shekel.
Plutus , in Greek religion, god of abundance or wealth, a personification of ploutos (Greek: “riches”). According to Hesiod, Plutus was born in Crete, the son of the goddess of fruitfulness, Demeter , and the Cretan Iasion. In art he appears chiefly as a child with a cornucopia, in company with Demeter and Persephone.
Proverbs 14:31 (NIV) “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”