A lion was standing over a bullock which he had felled, when a bandit presented himself and demanded a share of it. “I would give it to you,” said the lion, “If you were not a habitual plunderer yourself.” With that he drove the ruffian away.
It happened that that an inoffensive traveler came that way. On seeing the wild animal he stepped back. But the lion was as gentle as could be. “There,” he said, “you shall have a share for not being greedy. Do not be afraid to take it,” And after dividing the carcass he went off into the woods, to give the man a chance of getting it.
A very good example, deserving all praise. Yet it is avarice that grows rich while meeknessÂ remains poor. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“A Respecter Of Persons”)
Here we are in the 21 century and nothing has changed, ever wonder why? Here’s why.
A long time an angelic beingÂ existed, who wasÂ accused of the following. “You have weakened the nations!” Isaiah 14:12c. From that accusation we arrive at part of Aesop’s observation that avarice grows rich.Â Because it drives people to take what isn’t theirs and toÂ steal what was never meant to be theirs. It started in heaven, when Lucifer was asked. How are you fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning? Isaiah 14:12a. In Lucifer’s case it was the result of wanting to take God’s place in the heavens, Isaiah, 14:13-14. Avarice at its arrogant pinnacle.
Lucifer’s attack upon God’s crowned jewel earth and everything therein, Psalms 24:1. Which probably occurred because of the defeat this angelic being experienced. As Lucifer, and other angelic beings fought God’s angelic defenders. Where we have this account, “And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought. And they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him,” Revelation 12:7-9
Resulting in this debate. So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has will he give for his life,” Job 2:4.
So most of the time avarice will prevail because Satan understands the human condition. Which is to get the getting at what ever price has to be paid, and thus a very ugly world.
But its not universal, for those who have had the following personal experience. “Therefore, if any person is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; BEHOLD! All things have become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Because, Aesop didn’t get it all right. Because there is a meekness that brings unexpected riches. Jesus taught it when he said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” Matthew 5:5. But it’s far more complicated than verse five. Meekness requires an inward experience and then an outward manifestation of the inner experience. Found through out Matthew 5:3-16. Concluding with this admonishment, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect,” verse 48. Meaning this, “But in every nation whoever fears Him, and works righteousness is accepted by Him,” Acts 10:35. Seek meekness through the mastery of Matthew chapters five-seven. Thus, slaying avarice which a part of the human condition. And a richness beyond the avarice of the human condition will be yours.
It’s a tough journey because it’s not magic. According to Matthew 5:11-13, “Blessed are they, who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets, who were before you.”
A discussion for the preparation of “Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As to War.” More than just inspirational words from a cherished hymn. But rather a way of life for those denying the avarice of human nature and embracing the Christ meekness as a way for fighting back. Because Jesus said, “Think not that I came to send peace on earth; I am come not to send peace, but a sword,” Matthew 10:34. And by all means Christ is a, “respecter of persons,” Who said from the book about war, “And BEHOLD! I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.