God cares for the poor. Jesus became poor, that you might become rich.

God cares for the poor. Jesus became poor, that you might become rich.

“And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 19:10)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2Cor 8:9)

“They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.” (Gal 2:10)

“distributing to the needs of the saints” (Rom 12:13)

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal 6:10)

“Nor was there anyone among them who lacked [endees]; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need [chreia].” (Acts 4:34-35)

“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods [huparxis], and divided them among all, as anyone had need [chreia].” (Acts 2:44-45)

“And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.” (Tit 3:14)

“For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God” (2Cor 9:12)

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, who also followed Him and ministered [diakoneo] to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem. (Mk 15:40-41)

“And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered [diakoneo] unto him of their substance [huparchonta].” (Lk 8:2-3)

“for you had compassion [sumpatheo] on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods [huparchonta], knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession [huparxis] for yourselves in heaven.” (Heb 10:34)

“Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift [eulogia] beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity [eulogia] and not as a grudging obligation.” (2Cor 9:5)

“For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.” (Phil 4:16)

“Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.” (2Cor 8:1-2)

“for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mk 12:44)

Reading: Lev 19-21; Matt 2