Jesus spoke of the poor. Poverty today is defined in the physical secular terms as “a denial of choices and opportunities for living a tolerable life.” But what does Jesus say? We read the words spoken by Jesus today to understand in our spirit what the Holy Spirit is speaking to each of us.
God blesses the poor super-abundantly. They are more prepared to receive what God gives in the spiritual realm. Their hearts are good soil for the Good News.
Matthew 5:3 [ The Beatitudes ] “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Matthew 11:5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.
Luke 7:22 Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.
Luke 4:17-19 …“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Can social or religious humanitarian, political ideology/agenda and humanistic technology and modernization programs permanently eradicate economic ad social inequality, the root of poverty? The answer is no. Thousands of years had passed since human existed on earth. Poverty lasted, just as Jesus had declared.
Mark 14:7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me.
What does Jesus expect us to do anyway? Both the poor and the rich are required to give, even when it appears we receive no earthy reward in the giving.
Mark 10:21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 12:43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. Mark 12:44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
Luke 11:40-42 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over. 42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
Luke 14:12-14 12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
Luke 14:21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’