“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
This verse is memorable because of a single word – mammon.
Mammon comes from an Aramaic word to mean treasure, riches, or material wealth. It maintained its form into Greek, Latin, and eventually Middle English, so the word was not too unusual by the time Tyndale or King James began an English translation of the Bible.
It’s a lost word today and carries no feeling with the meaning. It’s not a word you learn in kindergarten. In fact, it’s a word you really only learn in Bible study.
I don’t recall any songs or poems with mammon in the lyrics or verses.
In the days of Christ, it was commonly thought that the rich were automatically going to heaven because God had blessed them, which is why they were rich. This explains why the disciples were so shocked when Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mammon is more than just money, treasure, or riches. It’s the overwhelming desire to get and hoard more and more.
Someone in love with wealth despises charity and giving – loyal to one and despise the other.
Remember also from yesterday’s Morning Thought – where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.