Many may heap up earthly treasures and trust in them to deliver them, but even with mere men, money cannot always avail. Not all judges will take a bribe, and no gift will pacify those who have been deeply offended and severely misused. How much less can money avail anything at all on the day of God’s holy wrath!
And we pray:
Lord, though a man gain all the money in the world, he can not buy salvation from Your Essence; for You made all. Your refusal to accept sin cannot be appeased by any riches that Man may try to offer, and the offer itself would insult Your Essence. Many have resorted to ‘good works, long prayers, or self-affliction’ which are not as we are directed. It is only the blood of Your Word – Jesus Christ that can quench the fire of your wrath. In that alone I ever trust, Amen.