Prosperity and poverty : a word from the Lord

Isaiah prophesied about the birth of the Messiah (over 700 years prior) in verse 7:14; however, in the verse which follows, the heart of Jesus is established in the words, “butter and honey shall he eat”. These were staples consumed by the poor in those days.

What is especially meaningful is the completion of the verse, “that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good”. This verse is explicit about the corruption of riches in the heart of men. This does not mean that the Lord relegates His children to poverty in order to avoid evil; but, the purity of Jesus’ heart required it.

Remember how Satan tempted Him with riches and power? How Judas took a collection and He rejected it? Jesus could not take pleasure in things or money by design. We must accept from this passage’s precept that things, pleasures of this world, abundance beyond the riches sanctified in scripture will corrupt the soul; hence, beware of prosperity ministries. Here is the danger in desiring things: they are idols. Anything that places a barrier between you and the Lord is an idol. Graven images and false gods are idols; but, so are dreams of expensive vehicles, homes and other trappings. If you obsess about what you have, this too is an idol. Be modest in your desires and the Lord will bless you and keep you. The Lord will not be fooled into maintaining a “lifestyle”; this is an idol. Give to the poor if you have abundance and do not omit tithing to the Lord by doing this and supporting His remnant.

Isaiah 7

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

15Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

16For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

Repeated three times in the new testament from three different disciples:


Matthew 19:24

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mark 10: 25

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Luke 18:25

For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle‘s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.