From Proverbs 22-23
How do you treat the poor? Do you know any?
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
Todays comments are associated with the poor. The authors of the Old Testament are aware the LORD has an eye out for the poor.
2 The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is the maker of them all. (Pr 22:2)
There is a certain equality of both the rich and the poor. Both may not think so, but the LORD knows because he made them both.
9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor. (Pr 22:9)
The verse exhorts its readers to look out for the poor. To have a generous eye. Those who share with the poor will be blessed by God.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. (Pr 22:16)
Here is a warning to treat the poor well. Oppress them and the LORD will return this treatment back on you. What did it look like then to oppress the poor? What does it look like now?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate,
23 for the LORD will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them. (Pr 22:22–23)
Again, who are the poor today?
Story of Jesus
Jesus spoke about the poor. Consider Lazarus.
19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. (Lk 16:19–23)
The rich people of today need to be careful how they treat the poor and especially their master.
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