Like The Beasts That Perish- Part 1-By Pastor Dr. Robert Bannister

(Psa 49:7) No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--

(Psa 49:8) For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever--

(Psa 49:9) That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.

(Psa 49:10) For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.

Money will buy a bed; but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere …but heaven! 3.5. Remember we are stewards of wealth, not owners! From Brian Bill Sermon Notes; Precept Austin

As we begin with Part 1, let's look at the ancient Hebrew definition of a few of the words in these first four verses:
redeem: פּדה pâdâh paw-daw' A primitive root; to sever, that is, ransom; generally to release, preserve: - X at all, deliver, X by any means, ransom, (that are to be, let be) redeem (-ed), rescue, X surely.

ransom: כּפר kôpher ko'-fer properly a cover, that is, (literally) a village (as covered in); (specifically) bitumen (as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively a redemption price: - bribe, camphire, pitch, ransom, satisfaction, sum of money, village.
(Though the translation is not exact-note the similiarity of these two words)

costly: יקר yâqar yaw-kar' A primitive root; properly apparently to be heavy, that is, (figuratively) valuable; causatively to make rare (figuratively to inhibit): - be (make) precious, be prized, be set by, withdraw.

decay: שׁחת shachath shakh'-ath a pit (especially as a trap); figuratively destruction: - corruption, destruction, ditch, grave, pit.

I remember as a young child my mother telling me that money cannot buy happiness. I did not fully understand this at that time, as my perception was that some of my young friends had many more toys than I did, therefore they must be happier. As an adult I was able to comprehend this concept more fully, but I did not have full appreciation for what God has provided until I matured as a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is plain to see that verse 7 really is a picture of the gospel. No man can give a ransom to God, no man can redeem himself or others no matter his works, his money, or his influence in society. Yet sadly, there are those who think otherwise.
Mat 16:26 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

No matter how rich a man is, he cannot buy salvation. He and I go to the counter for salvation. I have nothing with which to buy salvation. The rich man has money, but he cannot buy salvation with it. We are both on the same par. The rich man is excluded from redemption if he is deluded into thinking that he can either buy, do something, or give something to obtain his salvation. Rom_4:5 says, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. J. Vernon McGee

The redemption of the soul is costly-another picture of what was going to take place when our Lord Jesus hung upon the cross for our redemption. I have read accounts of men who have vast financial resources in which they would attempt to purchase the latest state of the art life extension techniques-in an attempt to avoid that which they fear most-death. How sad it is that anyone should perish apart from God!
Psa 89:48 What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
Pro 11:4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.

What does he "not understand"? He doesn't understand that he is going to die, that he can't take his "honor" and property with him in death. He doesn't understand that the issue of life is his soul, and that God alone can redeem him from death. Indeed, he doesn't understand at all. The Preacher's Commentary

We'll conclude part 1 today looking at verse 10. All of us will die one day, at God's appointed time. This verse tells us it doesn't matter who we are or who we think we are, we all face this certainty-rather we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated etc. All of our worldly goods will be left to others, and in truth there will be no lasting remembrance.
Ecc 2:16 For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
Psa 92:6 A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:
Pro 11:4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
Luk 12:20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'
1Ti 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.

There is no way for a person to buy eternal life. Only God can redeem a soul. Don't count on wealth and physical comforts to keep you happy because you will never have enough wealth to keep from dying. The Life Application Study Bible