Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1 Thessalonians 2:5 (KJV) Careful for the Cloak

1 Thessalonians 2:5 (KJV)
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
I am interested in the phrase, “cloke of covetousness “.
A cloak is something that covers or hides a thing. It can be a:
  • Cloth or fabric
  • A wall or obstruction or 
  • A tactic meant to distract the eye so that it does not see what is actually taking place (as an illusionist does).
Paul reminds the believers in the church at Thessalonica that he used no such cloak to hide a covetous motive. The implication is that there were others who did.
We live in a world filled with such spiritual illusionists. Whole religions are contrived with the purpose only to fleece people of what little they have thereby making themselves wealthy. Americans have too many examples of would-be men of God who live in embarrassing opulence at the expense of others who could barely afford to keep their families provided for.
  • Multi-million dollar homes
  • Vacation properties 
  • Extravagant vehicles 
  • Jet airplanes 
are just some of the over the top possessions of  famous charlatans who use a cloak of piety to mask their heart of materialism and covetousness.
Lest we judge them too harshly let us remember that any one of us is capable of using a similar cloak. Covetousness is a sin that the middle and lower incomes are as guilty of as those who have more of this world’s goods. It may very well be that our own cloak works so well it has hidden from us our own heart of covetousness.
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 1 Thessalonians 2:5 (KJV) Careful for the Cloak

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