The Poor

…you have with you always, says Jesus, in Matthew 26:11, but you don’t always have Me.

My son said, it’s not whether the guy holding a cup in his hand to collect change is right or wrong, it’s are you love to him?  Do you give him money, buy him a meal or judge him?  Our actions will be our responsibility.

Psalm 41:1, “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.”

Job 29:11-12, “When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.”

Proverbs 19:17, “He that has pity upon the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.”

Leviticus 23:22, “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of your field when you reap, neither shalt you gather any gleaning of your harvest: you shalt leave them to the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”

These two instances are based on the law in Leviticus:

Leviticus 23:35, “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.”

Ruth 2:15-16, “As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” Jesus said in Matthew 7:12.  There’s the old adage, there but for the grace of God go I.

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