(KJV.) MATTHEW 28:12-15
(12) And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers.
(13) Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
(14) And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
(15) So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
MATTERS OF MONEY
Brethren, there is nothing impossible with our Father!; his ways are mysterious, and no man can determine how he works: if he speaks, whatever he says manifests for his glorification, his words will never come back unto him voided; regardless of human conniving efforts to stop Jesus Christ from rising up from the dead, they were unable to stop him; when the time came for him to rise up from the tomb, deep sleep fell upon the watch guards, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came, rolled back the stone from the door of the tomb, sat upon it, the watchmen shook with fear, became as dead men; (Matthew 28); as believers, when we have receive prophesies, visions, or dreams from the Holy Spirit, let us not take words of our Father for granted, but pray about what was given, if what we receive are negative revelations, let us pray for mercies of our Father, counteract whatever was suppose to happen; on the contrarily, if they are positive revelations, we still have to offer prayers of expectations, offer thanks and glorify his Holy Name, wait for the promise.
For example, negatively; during the reign of King Hezekiah, he became sick unto death, prophet Isaiah came with words of our Father, saying, "Thus saith the LORD, set thine house in order; for thou shall die, and not live."; what did Hezekiah do?; he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to our Father, about how faithful he was to him; instantaneously, our Father turned over his verdict of death, and gave him fifteen more years to live. (2 Kings 20); positively, Abraham received the promise from our Father, regarding the birth of Isaac, Abraham receive his words, offered thanks to our Father, though the promise tarried, eventually Isaac was born to Sarah his wife. (Genesis 21); therefore, prayer is the key to doors of grace, no one can overshadow the glory of Jesus Christ, his grace and love are forevermore.
In the above chapter, Jesus Christ had resurrected, the angels told the women to go quickly to tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; when they were going, some of the watch guards came into the city, shewed the chief priests all the things that happened at the graveyard, after they met with the elders, the elders gave the watch guards lump sum money to formulate lies, that disciples of Jesus Christ came by at night, and stole him away while they were asleep: asleep?; in the past, if a guard failed to watch over a captive and they fled from bondage, that guard would die in place of the captive, ref to Acts 16:27; in this case, the guards brought back a negative report, that Jesus is risen from the tomb they were supposed to watch over; this report should have caused them their lives, rather, they were given rewards to shut them up, to formulate lies that Jesus Christ disciples came at night, and stole him away while they slept on the job: furthermore, the elders were going to lie to the governors if they found out what had happened, in other to protect and free the guards from any danger: so they took the money and did as they were told; and this formulated lies is still in circulation among unbelievers of this twenty-first century. their lies does not hold water, for the more people talk negatively, spread rumors about his resurrection, though he is seated now on the right hand our Father in heaven, the more his ministry spreads on the earth; therefore, who is able to overshadow the glory of our Father in believers' lives; absolutely no one can!; therefore, there is nothing new under the sun, if they formulated lies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as his followers, they will do much more harm to our statuses: Jesus did not pay attention to their lies or defended himself, but appeared to his disciples; therefore, as believers, let us not pay attention to rumors, believe formulated stories about others; if we care about them, appropriately research to know truthfulness of matters ourselves.
Dearly beloved, Apostle Paul said in his first letter to Timothy chapter 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and perfected themselves through with many sorrows.; case in point, Judas Iscariot, the twelve disciple of Jesus Christ, received thirty pieces of silver from the scribes, betrayed him with a kiss, (Matthew 26); he was arrested, but Jesus did not defend himself against his persecutors; Judas found out that he did wrong, brought back the prize paid to betray Jesus to the elders, it was too late, the elders rejected the thirty pieces of silver: guess what happened to Judas thereafter?; condemned, hang himself on a tree, destroyed his own life, never made to eternity; in this same narrative, the guards were given money to shut their mouths regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; therefore, the love of money is the root of all evil; greediness does not build up but tire down lives, this is also a sin; therefore, let us be careful so far as money is concern, that we do not lose focus on things that matters most, salvation and life everlasting. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 27:8: Wherefore, that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.