October 27th , 2008 - Monday of the 23rd Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Proverbs 8:11-22

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 29:1-29; Matthew 18:21-35

That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.” (Proverbs 8:21)

The wealth the Lord speaks of in today’s text is not what we usually associate with that word. When you think of being wealthy, you probably think of the same things I think of… huge wads of hot, sweaty cash. I think of Wiis, Playstations, big televisions with Blue Ray players and the world’s biggest movie collection accompanied by the greatest computers and gadgets money can buy. That’s my idea of wealth. It’s very worldly.

The Lord doesn’t think of wealth in the same way. He thinks of eternal wealth hidden in Christ Jesus. He thinks of the wealth delivered in the Words of Holy Absolution, the waters of Holy Baptism and the Body and Blood of the Lord’s Supper. In these simple means the Lord bestows true wealth to you and me.

In Christ Jesus we are wealthier than Bill Gates or Jerry Seinfeld or any other celebrity who might come to mind. In Christ Jesus we are the wealthiest of the wealthy, because we share in the inheritance of our Lord and Savior. Our riches are the flesh and blood of God’s only begotten Son. We partake of that inheritance each and every time we receive Him hidden under mere bread and wine, given and shed for you.

Sometimes the inheritance God gives just doesn’t feel as good. After all, how can bread and wine measure up against a Nintendo Wii? The author of today’s text is King Solomon, and if you think Bill Gates is wealthy you should have seen Ol’ King Solomon. He had it all: the largest kingdom with the best wives and more gold than all of Fort Knox. Yet, King Solomon writes that God’s fruit is better than gold (Proverbs 8:19), yes, even better than the Nintendo Wii.

Do you remember the Nintendo Game Cube, or maybe Super Nintendo or better yet Sega Genesis? Each of these things were great when you got them, but their greatness passed away. They became old and the world moved on. The wealth of God is timeless, because each time you receive it, it gives forgiveness and life – and you always need more of that! That forgiveness today is as true and certain as it was on the Cross. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Love in Christ abides forever, Fainting not when ills attend; Love, forgiving and forgiven, Shall endure until life’s end. (LSB 706.3)