Know Well the Condition of Your Flocks

Text: Proverbs 27:23-27

Current Economic Turmoil — yet we still have obligations (2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:8; Ephesians 4:28)

Our Responsibility

  • Take care of yourself — “your flocks … your herds
  • Be good stewards — do not neglect your flocks, know their condition

Economies Can Collapse — “riches are not forever

  • How can we survive without a strong economy? Farming, ranching, hunting for food. Making homemade goods necessary for one’s household. Selling or bartering goods and services to obtain other things we need.
  • The shepherd did not need a functioning national economy to survive

Governments Can Fall — “…nor does a crown endure to all generations

  • Many believe government is the answer to fix the economy — it  is not God’s answer
  • God ordained civil authorities with a much more limited role (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:2)
  • Christians were told to separate from Rome before their fall, which brought an economic collapse (Romans 18:4,11ff) — Could we survive a government collapse?

God’s Providence Remains

  • Not the common definition of providence, but what God has provided in creation
  • Plants and animals for food (Genesis 1:29; 9:3)
  • Proper conditions for survival (Acts 14:17)
  • We can produce things we need, or to sell & trade
  • Common theme — work hard (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
  • What if one is unable to work? God has made provisions for such people (Galatians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 5:4,16; Acts 4:32-35)

Conclusion

  • Is it wrong to derive some benefit from the national economy or government? No
  • But we must be able to survive with or without them
  • God has made it possible for us to do this — we must take advantage of what He has provided

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