The Kingdom Message

Idleness of the hands ~ Ecclesiastes 10:18


 Idleness of the Hands 

Ecclesiastes 10:18  By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

An Exhortation to labor

1 Timothy 6: 

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

In these two verses Paul is instructing Timothy how to teach the congregation at Ephesus.  Teaching them to work with their own hands and make a living.  Believers are to work and not be grumblers and complainers. We are not taught to be lazy moochers by the scriptures.

 Here are a few verses dealing with working.

Proverbs 12:11 

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

A man who tends to his own work and does not follow those who make big boast and brags about all the easy money will always have his needs met by the fruits of his own labor.

Proverbs 13:4 

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

The soul or desires of a sluggard, (a habitually lazy person) can’t be satisfied!  The soul or desires of the diligent (constant in effort to accomplish something) will be satisfied in his own labor.

Proverbs 16:3 

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

If we commit our works or plans to the Lord, he will prosper or establish, our thoughts and plans. 

In the verses above the scriptures speaks of sluggards and vain people never prospering but those who wait upon and put their trust in the Lord shall benefit and be satisfied. 

Nowhere does this insinuate riches but satisfaction! 

                                                        Lets look at some more scripture on working.

1 Timothy 5: 8

8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Here we see Paul admonishing men in the family to provide for their own families and not be lazy and depend on others to take care of them. We don’t find any welfare in the scriptures.  We find the body of Christ taking care of itself only.

Titus 2:

9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Here we see the scripture teaching to work diligently for whomever we are employed by and not being one who talks back to this employer.  Teaching to not take things from our employers that do not belong to us as this is stealing no matter how we look at it.  That the doctrine of God our Savior be adorned (make more beautiful or attractive.) in all things.

Teaching Truth in Love

In the 2nd letter to Timothy Paul gives him more instruction on laboring and how to teach others concerning it.  Going back to the first scripture in: 

1 Timothy 6: 

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

If we follow this up we will find that this is a teaching very close to Paul heart. He spoke in different places how he and others had labored with their own hands so as not to take advantage of the local assemblies.  They had every right to as the laborer is worthy of his hire but they chose not to so as not to give occasion to the adversary. 

                                                                    Paul defines the Charlatans

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

We are to withdraw ourselves from people who suppose that gain is godliness!  There have been and still are so many charlatans that have and still teach this prosperity doctrine that gain is godliness!  These people have erred from the doctrine of Jesus.  They dispute the scriptures to make them fit their greed.  Their minds are corrupt with the lust of riches.  Their teachings are perverse and destitute of the truth! 

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

These prosperity ministers are ministers of satan and they have pierced themselves through with sorrows and are on their way to destruction and perdition (a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent (un repentant)  person passes after death.)!

They have no shame and they are arrogant and deceitful in all they do!  They do not work with their own hands but feed off of the people that they deceive into believing that riches and gain are taught in the scripture as godliness. 

Paul commanded Timothy to keep this “commandment” without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of Jesus. 

Flee these things! 

Follow righteousness!

Follow godliness!

Follow faith!

Follow love!

Follow patience!

Follow meekness!

Fight a good fight of faith!

Lay hold of eternal life!

Walk in the Spirit

Do these things sound familiar?  Go to the letter Paul wrote to the assembly in Galatia and read chapter 5: 22-26.  the fruit of the spirit and how we should walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh!

Avoid these greedy people at all cost. Gian is not godliness.  

There are people who have money and are Christians but their money is not their first love, Jesus is and they give freely to those in need! That is the difference between one rich man who knows Jesus and one who is full of greed and perdition! 

The one gives and the other takes.

 Living in the End times

We are living in a time that the unbelieving and godless leaders in this nation are going to take control of everything.  

We have to be the Message of the Kingdom if our family and friends are going to escape the devastation when all those church members and religious who really don’t know Jesus begin to turn on each other and you as well.  You can find this happening in the 24th chapter of Matthew.

This time is coming upon us quicker than we think and we all need to make our peace calling and elections sure!  Jesus truly needs be your rest!

Spread the Message of the Kingdom to the lost!