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Dave's Daily Devo - January 24, 2018

  • 2018 Jan 24

Deadly Embezzling

Acts 5:1-11


It was a simple suggestion from an old friend. Invest 15.2 million of the money from your charity devoted to the memory of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Geniuses in finance endorsed the product. Many friends were already reaping incredible dividends. So the professor from Boston University, an Auschwitz survivor and a Nobel Prize winner invested in Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities LLS. On December 10, 2008 Maydoff confessed to his sons that the entire firm was a Ponzi scheme and Elie Weisel, not only lost 15. 2 million from his charity, but he and his wife lost their entire life savings. The profit from 40 years of books, lectures, and teaching were all gone.   

When asked about Madoff’s punishment, Elie Wiesel said this, “I would like him to be in a solitary cell with only a screen, and on that screen for at least five years of his life, every day and every night, there should be pictures of his victims, one after the other after the other, all the time a voice saying, ‘Look what you have done to this old lad, look what you have done to that child, look what you have done.’ Nothing else. “ 

On June 29, 2009 Madoff was sentenced to 150 years for his crime, but it’s not only the United States government that considers embezzlement a serious crime. We need to remember God’s judgment against two of His children at the beginning of the church who lied about their financial graciousness.

“Now a man named Ananias, together with Sapphira, his wife, sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge, he kept back some of the profit from the sale. He then carried the rest of what he had made and placed it at the feet of the Apostles. Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and kept back some of the profit from the sale of the land? Didn’t it belong to you before the sale and after the sale; didn’t it remain under your authority to decide what to do with the profit? What put it in your heart to do such a thing! You have not lied to men but to God.’ When Ananias heard these words, he fell down dead, and great fear fell upon all who heard about what had happened. Then some young men got up, covered his body, and carried him out.

Now about three hours later his wife came in, unaware of what had happened to her husband. Peter asked her, ‘Tell me, is this what you profited from the sale of the land?’ She responded, ‘Yes, it’s that much.’ Then Peter said, ‘Why did you conspire together to test the Lord’s Spirit? Look, the feet of those who buried your husband are at the door. They will carry you out too.’ Immediately, she fell at his feet and died. Then the young men entered, found her dead, carried her out, and buried her with her husband. And great fear came upon the entire church and upon all who heard about these things.” - Acts 5:1-11

LORD, help me never to try to win the respect and adulation of your people by lying about my giving. Help me to learn from Ananias and Sapphira’s deception and the fact that it cost them their physical lives that embezzlement is no minor crime before your throne. May I be absolutely honest in handling my finances.

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