Why trusting in wealth will not help when evil comes

Psalms Bible Background

Old Testament: Psa 49.5–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 47–49 on July 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Psalm 49 begins with the sons of Korah inviting every person on earth to hear what they have to say. After that invitation, they then ask:

Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?

– Psalm 49.5

They implied that they would not fear when days of evil surrounded them, and it was not because they trusted in their wealth, for they went on to say:

Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
That he should continue to live eternally,
And not see the Pit.

– Psalm 49.6–9

Wealth does not help in the days of evil. When your brother’s soul needs redemption, your wealth cannot help him, and eventually your wealth disappears anyway. The value of a soul far exceeds the world’s wealth combined.

Questions:

  • Will God accept a ransom for your brother?
  • Why do we tend to trust our wealth?

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