"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

16 February 2006

A Christian's Obligation to the Poor Continued

As I stated in my previous post, there are many verses that talk of “the poor”. Let’s look at a few more:

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Acts 9:36
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.

Acts 10:4
The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.

Look how the people mentioned above were honored for their gifts to the poor.

Proverbs 31 is a very well-known verse that is used to exemplify the character of a Godly woman. Among those characteristics highlighted is the woman’s help to the needy and poor. In Acts we see a brief mention of a disciple named Tabitha whose claim to fame was her good works, specifically helping the poor.

Now look at Cornelius, a gentile who was singled out by the Lord to hear the gospel. His prayers and gifts to the poor were a memorial before God. These were actions that pleased the Lord.

Once again, I’m short on time so I’ll have to continue with this later. I’ll leave you all to start drawing your own conclusions. What is your memorial before God?

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