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Care for the Poor
Bible Passage Deuteronomy 15:7-11
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 John, Deuteronomy, Luke.

Care for the Poor

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 29, 2023

7 “If there should be a poor man among your relatives in one of the cities of the land that the LORD your God is about to give you, don’t be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor relative.

8 Instead, be sure to open your hand to him and lend him enough to lessen his need.

9 Be careful not to think this wicked thought to yourselves: ‘The seventh year, the year of remission, is drawing near,’ and you show ill will toward your poor relative and not give to him. He may then call to the LORD on account of you, and you will be guilty of sin.

10 You must certainly give to him and not feel regret for doing so. Because of this, the LORD your God will bless all your works and everything you do.

11 Since poor people won’t cease to exist in the land, therefore I’m commanding you: Be sure to be generous to your poor and needy relatives in your land.”

If we obey God, we will be generous to people. Jesus said to His followers, ‘Love your enemies. Do good things to them. Lend and do not expect anything back.’ (See Luke 6:35.) 1 John 3:17 tells us this. ‘Let us suppose that a rich person does not help his poor neighbour. We cannot say that the love of God is in the rich person.’

The writer of Deuteronomy knew that Israelites would not obey God. Therefore, there would always be poor people (verse 11). However, there would also be opportunities to help them.

During one year every 7 years, the people did not grow crops in their fields. Therefore, they could not pay their debts. In that year, the rich people had to cancel all debts. In that way, rich people showed that they loved the poor people. The Israelite society was like a family that should look after the whole family.

🔷 Everyone has been blessed to in turn bless others in need

🔷 Poor persons are God’s chosen people too, who must be catered for

💥 Pray God to sustain you to care for the needs of others
💥 Pray for God to take care of the poor in your family

The poor are part of the plan of God. The poor must be supported, respected, and honoured since God has blessed the rich because of the poor.

In series Bright Morning Reflections