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3 Causes of Poverty-The Napkin Investors

November 20, 2009

The messiah told a parable during his earthly ministry as thus:

A certain noble man went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou laidst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. (Luke 19:12-21 KJV)

The 3 causes of poverty can be identified under one group of investors that I call the Napkin Investors. From the parable above we notice that they are three categories of investors.

1. The Investor that invests based on knowledge of Management and Accounting principles. This is the servant that gained ten pounds. The number ten in this passage denotes Biblical Financial mathematics. Hence tithing is based on the same number.

2. The investor whose investments are by reason of the grace of God on his life. This investor may not have the financial skills but his businesses will still prosper. Hence five the number for grace in the bible.

3. The Napkin investor.

The word translated napkin is the Greek word soudarion pronounce soo-dar’-ee-on which literary means sweat cloth or towel. This particular towel (napkin) is notable for three purposes in the bible:

1. For wiping the perspiration from the face,
2. For binding the face of a corpse, (John 11:44)
3. For tying small amounts of money.(Luke 19:20)

All these three purposes of this napkin lead to poverty. The first one is poverty by reason of the curse of poverty pronounced in Genesis: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground (Genesis 3:19 KJVR). The second purpose symbolizes a lack of vision. The bible says, Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18 KJVR). The third use stands for poverty as a result of tightfistedness. The bible says, There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty (Proverbs 11:24 KJVR).

Nevertheless, there is a way out of the Napkin Investors Group. If you accept Jesus as your personal savior, the curse of poverty pronounced in Genesis will be broken over your life instantly. You will be transformed into the Management or Grace Investors group. However, if the poverty is as a result of lack of business ideas, you can stand on this scripture: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJVR). Do not forget to plead the blood of Jesus Christ over your spiritual eyes too because lack of vision is sometimes associated with demonic obstruction. And if your poverty is by reason of being tightfisted, start giving, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38 KJVR)

Remain blessed.