Our Messiah Yeshua said:
19 Lay not up for yourselves stores upon earth, <where caterpillar> and moth devour,
and where thieves break through and steal,
20 But lay up for yourselves stores in heaven, where caterpillar and moth waste not,
and where thieves do not steal,
21 For just where your store is, there your heart will be also.
(Matt. 6:19-21 HRV)
This saying of Yeshua points us to a teaching recorded in the Talmud concerning King Monobaz. King Monobaz was a convert to Judaism who ruled as king of Adiabene after the death of his brother Izates around 55 CE. As we read in the Talmud:
Our Rabbis taught: It is related of King Monobaz
that he dissipated all his own hoards and the hoards of his
fathers in years of scarcity. His brothers and his father's
household came in a deputation to him and said to him, ‘Your
father saved money and added to the treasures of his fathers,
and you are squandering them.’ He replied: ‘My fathers stored
up below and I am storing above, as it says, Truth springs out
of the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven (Ps. 85:2).
My fathers stored in a place which can be tampered with,
but I have stored in a place which cannot be tampered with,
as it says, Righteousness and judgment are the foundation
of his throne. (Ps. 97:2) My fathers stored something which
produces no fruits, but I have stored something which does
produce fruits, as it is written, Say ye of the righteous [zaddik]
that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat of the fruit
of their doings. (Is. 3:10) My fathers gathered treasures of money,
but I have gathered treasures of souls, as it is written, The fruit
of the righteous [zaddik] is a tree of life, and he that is wise
wins souls. (Prov. 11:30) My fathers gathered for others and I
have gathered for myself, as it says, And for thee it shall be
righteousness [zedakah]. My fathers gathered for this world,
but I have gathered for the future world, as it says,
Thy righteousness [zedakah] shall go before thee, and the glory
of YHWH shall be your rearward.’ (Is. 58:8)
(b.Baba Batra 11a)
We must learn to value the immaterial above the material. Spiritual things such as wisdom, knowledge, understanding, honor and especially the winning of souls are far more important that material things such as money. Money can be tampered with. Governments can simply turn on the printing presses and devalue currency. But the currency of YHWH is truth, love and kindness, and these things will never lose their value.
We must learn to value the winning of souls more than the winning of money. We must ask ourselves, are we gathering stores for this world or for the world to come? Are we gathering ourselves treasures of money, or treasures of souls?
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