Life, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 8-21-18 ♥

🎶Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly
But don’t take a slice of my pie

Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil

But if you ask for a rise
It’s no surprise that they’re
Giving none away

I must admit, I never was a big fan of Pink Floyd. The song “Money” if I had to choose, is my favorite. I fully respect the band and this album. “Money” begins in an unusual time signature and lots of studio effects. I read recently Pink Floyd were using a new 16-track recorder, which allowed them to layer sounds much easier, but complex studio techniques like this still took a long time to do in 1973, as there weren’t digital recorders and samplers available like we have today. If you wanted to copy and paste something, you had to do it the hard way….with a razor blade and splicing tape! Can you imagine? “Money” is about greed and the illusion of a life well lived that comes with having an excess of wealth. The first verse of the song focuses on the excesses of money, consumerism, and peoples desire to grab and horde as much cash or wealth as possible. The second verse continues with the subject of the desire to grab more money, while also introducing the lengths people will go to in order to protect the money and possessions they have acquired. The third and final verse focuses on the negative philosophical issues that money brings to a society, which include the ideas that ordinary people will never be able to increase their stash of money to match the wealthy, and the idea that money is the root of all evil. The cash registers and money sounds that are used to underscore the whole song sound mechanical and lifeless. The mechanical money sounds are like a metaphor for the way people mechanically work the same job day in and day out for 40 plus years. People of course work harder, motivated by earning more money, but a lot of people ultimately waste their lives with this mentality. So the idea with the song Money is that the concept of wealth is one of the illusions or ideas that can be the cause of a person wasting their life, or it can be used to ruin the lives of others. I admire the poignant lyric “Money so they say, is a root of all evil today” This paraphrase from the New Testament – 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Yeshua/Jesus had much to say about wealth. His most memorable conversation about money is His encounter with the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16–30). The young man asks Him what he must do to obtain eternal life, and He tells him to follow the commandments. When the man tells Yeshua/Jesus that he has done all that, He tests his ability to obey the first commandment and tells him to sell all his possessions and give it to the poor and to follow Him. The young man couldn’t do this, his wealth had become an idol….it was his master!After this encounter, Yeshua/Jesus turns to His disciples and says, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:23–24). This is a hard saying, especially for people who live in today’s rich society. He is saying that wealth is one of the biggest obstacles to coming to faith in the Messiah. The reason is obvious, wealth becomes a slave master in our lives and drives us to do all sorts of things that drive us further and further away from YeHoVaH/God. The good news is that what is impossible for man, entering into the Kingdom of God, is possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Even if you leave faith out of this Yeshua/Jesus gives good advice. “Don’t let money rule you life as it will drive you away from all that is good and wholesome, for the love of money may be a burden that you cannot bear.” Facebook friends, Our Messiah just might agree with Pink Floyd’s expose on “Money” as wealth is one of the illusions or ideas that can be the cause of a person wasting their life, or it can be used to ruin the lives of others. Amen?

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