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Trust God, not your money

Hebrews 13:5

The author of Hebrews liked to contrast similar words as he wrote in the Greek language. Teachers often do that because it can help people to remember the lesson.

In Hebrews 13:1-2, the author contrasted words that mean Ďlove for a brotherí and Ďlove for strangersí. Now in Hebrews 13:5, he uses another similar word that contrasts with them both. It means Ďwithout love for moneyí.

In 1 Timothy 6:10, Paul warned Timothy about the love of money. He explained that it causes all kinds of evil behaviour. Paulís advice in 1 Timothy 6:3-10, and his statement in Philippians 4:10-13, explain Hebrews 13:5 well. Christians should be content, whether they are rich or poor. They should love God, and not money. As Jesus said, it is impossible for both God and money to rule a personís life at the same time (Matthew 6:24).

Christians do not need to worry about money because they trust God. He will provide for them (Matthew 6:25-34).

As evidence of that fact, the author refers to Mosesí words in Deuteronomy 31:6. Moses originally spoke those words to Israelís people before they entered Canaan. They should not be afraid of their enemies, because God was with them. He would not leave them.

Moses was Godís loyal servant (Hebrews 3:5), and a servant has authority to speak on behalf of his master. So really, Moses was declaring Godís words to his people. Godís people have no reason to be afraid because God is with them. And when they have troubles, he will not leave them.

Next part: Why Christians can be confident (Hebrews 13:6)

 

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