Biblical Prosperity in Perspective 9

Developing the Capacity to Prosper, Part Two

by Pastor John Hamel

In part one of this lesson, we saw that God is not just going to dump millions of dollars into the hands of untrained individuals.  That would be a dangerous thing to do, indeed.  Many people would be so tempted by that much money they would be driven right back into sin.  They would literally become drunk with that kind of power. 

There is going to be some testing and proving before God gives anyone anything that is inherently dangerous.  Money is inherently dangerous, particularly in the hands of an untrained individual.  

God is a good God.  He is going to see to it that you are properly trained and tested in the handling of money.  He does not want anything evil to happen to you. 

Look What Sudden Wealth Did to Untrained Israel

Israel lived in slavery for over four hundred years.  As a result, they also lived in poverty during that entire period in history.  Once God was finally able to set them free, He instructed them to take all the wealth of Egypt with them.  As you read the narrative below, I will make comments.

“And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and of raiment.” (Exodus 12:35)


The Hebrew word for “borrowed” actually means, “Demanded.”  The Hebrews actually demanded that the Egyptians give them their wealth.  Think about that.  They demanded that their captors give them all of their wealth as their reluctant captors were setting them free.  The Egyptians actually obeyed.  


This is a type or a picture of how Believers today can demand that Satan take his hands off their finances.  He will obey even though he does not want to.


You, as a tithe payer and an offering giver, can tell Satan right now, “Satan, loose my finances in Jesus’ Name.  Angels of God, fix my finances in Jesus’ Name.” 


Things will immediately begin to come in line.  Great wealth will not come immediately but your needs will start being met.  Your debts will start being wiped out and then some.


“And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that they lent unto them such things as they required.  And they spoiled the Egyptians.” (Exodus 12:36)


The Hebrew word for “lent” in this verse actually means, “To beg earnestly to take.”  This means that when Israel demanded the Egyptians to give them their wealth, the Egyptians said, in essence, “Please, by all means, go ahead, take it.  We want you to have it.  Really.  We do.”  


This is what God makes Satan do on behalf of the Believer who learns how to handle small amounts of money first


The word for “spoiled” in the above verse is a Hebrew word that means, “To snatch, to strip away and to recover.”  


This is what Israel did when the Egyptians begged them to take their wealth with them.  They snatched it, stripped it away and recovered it all.  


Today we would say, “They wiped them out.  They cleaned up.  They hit the big time.”  In less than one night’s time Israel went from the poorest nation on Earth to the wealthiest nation on Earth.


Unfortunately, Israel was so accustomed to lack and poverty that they were simply unable to handle such tremendous wealth with wisdom, maturity and expertise.  They took it and made a mess of things.  They simply had not yet learned the difference between covetous and Covenant.  They had no idea in the world that God had given them that wealth for a purpose, His Divine purpose.  


Moses, on the other hand, was trained in handling finances.  He grew up with tremendous wealth and ultimately spent 40 years working for a very wealthy father-in-law.  Moses was to be Israel’s trained financial overseer.  


When Moses went up to Mount Sinai to pick up the Ten Commandments, he was gone for less than 40 days.  In that short amount of time, Israel took all that wealth and allowed it to drive them right back into sin.  


Let’s look at it in Exodus, chapter 32.


“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods which shall go before us; for as for this Moses the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what has become of him.” (Verse 1)


Here we see Israel in possession of tremendous wealth turning their backs on the Almighty and going right back into the world of false gods and sinful living.  Not only that, but in their pride, they showed utter contempt for their leader, Moses.  They contemptuously referred to him as “this Moses” as if they were better than him.  


This happens to a lot of immature Believers who get their hands on lots of money.  Suddenly, they are too good to submit to the Pastor’s authority any longer.  God knows it, too.  That is why He withholds the big bucks from the big babies.


“And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.” (Verse 2)


Aaron showed absolutely no backbone here when the people, in their pride, decided to revolt.  He did as he was told.  Leaders who are swayed by the wealth and the greed of their people are not leaders at all.  They are bleeders.  They bleed themselves and their congregation of any Anointing and soon come to demise.  


Dr. Lester Sumrall was my Pastor for the last fifteen years of his life.  He used to say, “Shepherds who follow the sheep get doo-doo on their feet.”  He was right, too.


“And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron and he received them at their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, o Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” (Verses 3-4)


The word for “calf” in verse four is actually “Apis.”  That is the name of the Egyptian bull god.  The word “gods” in the same verse is “Elohim,” the Triune Name for the Most High God. 


Israel, in their pride and immaturity, backslid with all that wealth and used it to make an Egyptian animal god.   Then they dared to refer to it as the Most High God Who had just delivered them from 400 years of poverty and slavery.  Talk about foolhardy.


This still happens today.  Some people come into what they consider to be great wealth after paying tithes and offerings for a while and they backslide.  They go right back into the world of sin.  


Oh, sure, some of them still go to Church.  They just go out and find new Churches that do not talk about tithes, offerings, holiness, obedience, etc.  They have no idea in the world that God was testing them with a small amount of wealth and that they failed the test.  They are believing the lie they passed the test that they actually failed.  God wanted to give them more.


“And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” (Verse 5)


How dare Aaron include the Lord in his backsliding and covetousness?  Again, some do this today.  God begins to prosper them and they backslide with the money He gives them.  They then begin to look for ways where it looks like they are still living for the Lord even though they are blowing Him off and doing their own thing.  


This is what the love of money will do to the immature and untrained.  It really is the root of all evil.


“And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink and rose up to play.” (Verse 6)


This is exactly what the Lord does not want to happen to His children when He gives them wealth.  Wealth does not come for the express purpose of eating, drinking and playing.  


Tremendous wealth comes for the same reasons Jesus came.  Tremendous wealth comes to seek and to save the lost first, to destroy the works of Satan in the Earth second, and that God’s children would enjoy abundance of life third.


“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be our gods, o Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” (Verse 7)


These untrained, undisciplined, unproven individuals actually used the tremendous wealth that God gave them to commit crimes against Him.  They stole His Glory and gave it to a statue of a stinking animal.  They turned aside “quickly” and began worshipping convenience gods who required nothing of them.


This narrative is in the Bible for a reason.  This is in the Bible so that we will understand why the Almighty simply will not dump tremendous wealth into the laps of the untested and unproven.  There is going to be testing and there is going to be proving if you expect God to bless you abundantly.  


In the meantime, through tithes and offerings and continued faithfulness, He will meet your needs.  He will wipe out your debts.  He will give you all you need and more.  But only once you have been fully tested and proven will He share with you the tremendous, tremendous wealth that is presently in the process of being transferred from the wicked to the righteous. (Deuteronomy 8:1-18)

Be blessed … John and Barbara Hamel


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