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Looking for the Golden Goose

January 30th, 2009

Aesop, “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs”

(c. 620-560 B.C.).  Aesop was a freed slave from the Isle of Samos.

Introduction: Note the proximity of Samos to Ephesus.  In Ephesians, Paul gives his most expanded explanation of Christian riches (ploutos).

I. Commerical Ephesusthe Jewel of Asia Minor

A.    Economics 101

1.      productivity/distribution/supply/demand

2.      James 4:13 (city = market)

3.      1 Tim. 1:3; 6:17 (market and uncertainty)

B.      The Story – A man and his wife had a goose which produced a golden egg every day.  Lucky as they were, they started to think that they were not getting rich fast enough, so they decided to cut the goose open.  But, what they found inside was not what they had expected.

II. Ephesians

1:7   – _______________________

1:18 – _______________________

2:7   – _______________________

3:8   – _______________________

3:16 – _______________________

Conclusion:   Looking for the golden goose-a pervasive mentality (Lk. 8:14; 1 Tim. 6:17).  May Paul’s explanation of Christian riches (ploutos) guide you today and tomorrow.

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