“You cannot get blood from a rock,” goes an old saying. Similar is Solomon’s proverb. “A poor man hears no threat,” meaning, “No one kidnaps a poor person for ransom,” and “No one robs a poor person.” A poor man needs no security measures because he has nothing worth protecting.
A rich man must always be on his guard against thieves and kidnappers. The world’s history is full of people and nations that became wealthy by taking the riches of their neighbors. Solomon was right, “A person’s wealth becomes the ransom for the lives of the rich.”
Jesus taught a proverb that has an interesting twist. I have never heard this parable mentioned during a church service even though my literary mind sees it as a literary work of art. He taught, “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:43-44; Luke 12:39-40)
Jesus is the thief who is coming at an unexpected hour to take from the evil ruler of this world, Satan. (1 Thessalonians 5:2,4) Jesus will take those who are members of his kingdom of light away from the wrath to come. As Jesus’ amazing parable declares, “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.” (Matthew 12:29)