Kingdom Economics #1:
* When Jesus talks of cost, He is not talking about making purchases with money.
"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." Matt 22:15-22
* God uses the church of Laodicea to explain the Kingdom economics buyer-seller relationship this way:
"Because you say, 'I am rich,
and have become wealthy,
and have need of nothing,'
and you do not know
that you are wretched and miserable
and poor and blind and naked,
I advise you to buy from Me
gold refined by fire
so that you may become rich,
and white garments
so that you may clothe yourself,
and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;
and eye salve to anoint your eyes
so that you may see.
Those whom I love,
I reprove and discipline;
therefore be zealous and repent."
(Revelation 3:17-19)

        Nancy Sween 

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August 20, 2014  Shawnee, KS 
Kingdom Economics #2:
* Matthew 24: When Jesus' told the 10 Virgin Parable, it wasn't for lack of money or resources that the 5 virgins didn't have enough oil for their lamps. Before returning with lamp oil, they had asked the other five girls for oil, not for money. So their fate was more tied up with lack of advanced planning and preparation than with lack of resources.
* It is also important to think about the relationship between oil that anoints believers, and how God the Holy Spirit anoints believers.
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[for more insights on the 10 Virgins parable, see August 11-16, 2014 Facebook posts -
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Aug 16: ]
Nancy Ertel Sween
Some final thoughts about the 10 virgin parable:
Trust alone is not the key
* All 10 trusted that the bridegroom would eventually come. He did.
* All 10 trusted that they would be with the bridegroom at the wedding feast. But only the prepared 5 went in with him. The other 5 waited to prepare until the call of his return was sounded, and were too late to be admitted.
* So trust doesn't just mean mental assent. It has more to do with obedience to the trusted one.
As Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
"Trust in the Lord
with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and
he will make your paths straight."
* And trust is not a "one way street." As in the 10 Virgin parable, the girls trusted that the bridegroom would return for them, and the bridegroom trusted that the girls would be ready and waiting for him where he had instructed them to be.
* The Lord knows His people trust and obey Him. As Isaiah 50:10 says,
"Who is among you
that fears the Lord,
That obeys the voice of His servant,
That walks in darkness and has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God."