Bible Facts About Money
Money is NOT the Root of All Evil
In a previous post, I challenged some limiting beliefs about money. This post will explore those in more depth. Don’t take my word for any of this; look it up yourself and convince yourself.
Let’s examine the life of Jesus in more detail. Did you realize that He spent more time discussing money than He did Heaven and Hell?
Jesus Had a Treasurer to Handle Money
There is a common misconception that Jesus was a poor vagabond with no material goods. Some of this comes from His own quotes, such as “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58) and “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25).
Imagine for a moment that the disciples and Jesus were, in fact, poor. How would they have responded to the saying about a rich man? Maybe something like “Right On! Filthy rich people.” Okay, maybe not so extreme, but would they have been in general agreement with it? Notice what they actually said. Jesus had counseled a rich man to sell all that he had (a business transaction), and give to the poor, and follow Jesus. The rich man was sorrowful because his riches had him. Jesus gave to the poor at such an astonishing rate that the disciples assumed that was what Judas was going to do the night he betrayed Jesus. But notice that they were astounded and asked: “Who then can be saved?”
Judas was a member of Jesus’ staff, traveling with Him and the other eleven. On a separate occasion, Judas had criticized people for pouring ointment on Jesus, but it wasn’t because of the poor. Instead of pouring it out, they could have sold it and put the money into Judas’s hands. Hear what the Bible says about his hypocrisy.
Notice there was enough for him to be stealing from the bag.
And here is the false assumption of the group on the night that Judas betrayed Jesus.