There Will Never Cease to be Poor in the Land.
From the beginning of time, God has commanded His people to be generous to those in need. In the law of Moses, He instilled financial relief every seven years, called the Sabbatical Year, where debts were cancelled. He even said, if a fellow Israelite needs help in say, year 4, don't even think that "he only has three more years to wait". God said, "don't have any bad thoughts about someone in need - just help them". Deuteronomy 15:15 "Remember, you were slaves in Egypt. And the LORD your God set you free. So that is why I am giving you this command today."
Like all things in the Old Testament, I believe these instructions point directly to the mission of Jesus Christ. Mankind was in need. Jesus didn't say, "I'm not going to the cross for that one" - the Bible teaches that Jesus was the Lamb of God Who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Mankind was 'hungry' and He said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my body that I will give is for the life of the world. " John 6:51
There are so many opportunities to help those less fortunate - we can't help everyone, but if everyone helps someone, God's command will be fulfilled and we will be a reflection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed day!
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