King Solomon wrote, “The HORSELEACH hath two daughters, crying, GIVE, GIVE…” (Proverbs 30:15)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
God told Solomon, “…I have made thee king…WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, wealth, and honor such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” (I Chronicles 1:11c-12)
With regard to Wisdom and Knowledge, I want to hear what king Solomon has to say because God gave Solomon Words of Wisdom & Knowledge for us today! The word HORSELEACH was uttered by a man named Agur who was the son of Jakeh (i.e., we know nothing about these men but Solomon knew them). The word horseleach is mentioned only once in the Bible (Proverbs 30:15). By definition, horseleach (a.k.a. horseleech) means ghoul, leech, to cling, an evil spirit which seeks to prey, to injure, to suck bone dry its victims like leeches. Agur was speaking to two men, Ithiel and Ucal (again, we know nothing about them). Apparently, king Solomon felt it important enough to include Agur’s conversation, confessions, and observations in Proverbs 30:1-33. That’s good enough for me.
Fortunately, Agur gives us a little information about his character, “Surely, I am more brutish than any man and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy…Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words lest he reprove thee and thou be found a liar…Two things have I required of thee [God], deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:7-9) Therefore, we can conclude Agur was by nature a mean man, unlearned, lukewarm, not rich or poor, but he had reverence for the Almighty GOD. In other words, Agur prayed to GOD as he didn’t want to “…take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:9) Agur said, “…my God…” Question: Can the Lord speak through a brutish man? Answer: YES! If God spoke through a donkey to Balaam, He can speak Truth through whomever or whatever He elects. In fact, “… a little child can lead you.” For instance, you could be standing next to a rock or telephone poll and either one could cry out asking, “Did you read your Bible today?”
Many Pastors wear out Malachi 3:8-10, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house…” We know the first example of paying tithes appears in Genesis 14:20 when Abraham paid tribute (one-tenth) to Melchizedek, king of Salem, and the priest of the most high GOD.
As a devout Christian, I know there is a great blessing in tithing and taking care of God’s house and His ministers. (I Cor. 9:7-14; I Tim. 5:17-18; Neh. 13:10) PLEASE DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND MY POSITION! If the Pastor has to wear $1,500. suits…pay $500 per pair of shoes…live in a two million dollar house…fly in private jets or helicopters…drive a Rolls Royce or own five luxury cars…be surrounded by expensive security guards (day and night), THE PASTOR NEEDS TO BE HORSEWHIPPED! The Son of Man (JESUS) had no place to lay His head! Are these Pastors greater than Jesus? The tithes and offerings WERE NEVER meant to make Pastors Monarchs, demi-gods, or exceedingly rich! If Pastors’ spend their own salaries on personal, expensive items, its their business but its not the churches’ responsibility. Many people in the congregation are hurting, jobless, homeless, cars repossessed, homes repossessed, facing foreclosures, being handed a pink-notices by employers, children on drugs, children in jail, and so on. You know what I mean?
How in the world can these unfortunate people support Pastors’ crying, “GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, GIVE…” In other words, the Pastors (not all of them) are begging, “…give me your rent money, give me your car note money, give me that $20.00 you’ve tucked beneath your baby’s picture, give me your gas money, give me this, give me that…” IT’S RIDICULOUS! Some churches (especially mega churches) are equipped with ATM’s, Master, Visa, Debit card machines. Some churches specifically ask for social security numbers, places of employment, places of birth, gross salaries, home addresses and they input this data into their computers. Next, the churches’ Finance Department sends out letters to every church member spelling out a pre-calculated ten percent due for tithes. In the interim, a church member may have lost his job! After pounding a sermon, “You have robbed God…” the people are caught between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps, the Mother wanted to treat the family to a breakfast at Denny’s but now she has to go home to sweat in the kitchen. Every family needs time out, away from home! Question: Where did the Pastor (fancy pants) and his wife go for brunch? Answer: Hilton, Hyatt, or some other highend restaurant with table-cloth service.
Granted there are churches which fully support its members, single parent Moms, the unemployed (within reason), home & foreign missions, and give out small scholarships to students. This message is not for them! However, this message is to open the eyes, ears, and understanding of the HORSELEACH PASTORS who are guilty of selfish behavior!
Have a Blessesd day!