Considering The Needy

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Galatians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

“They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.” This verse comes from a discussion among the Apostles during the years of 49-55 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). The subject of “remembering the poor,” is not referring to a government program to be aimed at poverty. Instead, the verse relates to benevolence that comes from churches. There was a famine that was taking place at the time of the verse’s writing. A collection for those in need is found in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4.

It was during a conversation that I was having with a friend, that the subject of the prophet Jeremiah led to my comments that follow. Please consider the needs of people whom are poor, barely getting by, or sleeping on park benches. Consider how you may be able to support Hospice locations with snack items for friends and family members of patients; patients whom are spending their last days of life in those loving and compassionate facilities. Consider the “working poor.” Consider those whom are residents of nursing homes, are hospitalized, or may be confined to a prison, jail, or detention center. Consider those whom are grieving the death of a loved one, or of a close friend. Consider how God may be leading you in the direction of a ministry, or in a change of ministry, like that which happened to me through Jeremiah 18:1-6.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Potter and the Clay

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the [a]wheel. 4 And the vessel that he [b]made of clay was [c]marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

It was on April 30, 2014 at 8:50 P.M. that I wrote the following:

I was, “on the road,” working. After I checked into a motel one day, I laid my Bible down on my motel room bed. Then, I looked and saw that the Bible had opened itself to Jeremiah 18. Then, I read the first six verses and asked God, “are you changing me?” The answer was yes! From that point in time forward, I began a dedicated ministry of sharing the love of Christ with homeless people, prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, “the working poor,” and whomever else may have “slipped through the cracks” of society. Through this ministry, God has blessed me beyond measure. I give Him all of the honor and glory. I thank you for allowing me to share with you, this short story of God’s intervention in my life. Without God, I am nothing! Please check out the articles in my blog. May Christ, our Lord and Savior, richly bless you.

Let’s consider a greater need that will happen in the future.

Consider the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40 (below), as He addresses the situation of needy Jews, whom will have suffered persecution at the hands of the anti-Christ during the tribulation. This verse does not relate to a government social program, as I have heard ill-informed politicians trying to make it. Instead, this verse tells of gentiles and Jews, whom will be left behind from the catching up of the saints, also called “the rapture of the church” (John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). During the tribulation, there will be Gentiles that will give aid “to Jews,” whom are “the least of these My brethren.” These same gentiles are being addressed by Christ at the end of the tribulation when He, Christ, returns to earth for Judgment of the gentile nations whom will have attacked Israel (Matthew 24:29-31; Zechariah 14:1-3; Revelation 19:11-21).

Consider the complete discourse of Christ about the needy Jews, that He delivers to His disciples (Jews). The discussion begins with Matthew 24:3 and extends through Matthew 25:46. Consider Christ in the song that follows the writing of this post.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+24%3A3-25%3A46&version=NKJV
Matthew 24:3 – 25:46

Consider the words of Christ to the Gentiles, whom will have given aid and assistance to Jews during the tribulation.

Matthew 25:35-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

Matthew 25:40 New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Stated again, the scriptural context of Matthew 25:40 relates to the time at the end of the tribulation. It is at the time that Christ returns to Earth and judges the Gentile nations, based on how they treated God’s chosen people, the Jews (Israel, Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 14:2), during the tribulation.

Turn Your Eyes On Jesus – Cynthia Clawson

The following link tells of a Christian organization that is actively engaged in providing support to the needy people of the Appalachian region of the USA.

Appalachian Regional Ministry

The following video tells of the future time when all born again believers in Christ will spend eternity with Christ. It will be a time in which there will be no poverty, or anything else in life that will be bad.

Revelation 21:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Squire Parsons – ‘Sweet Beulah Land

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One thought on “Considering The Needy

  1. Loved what you wrote on April 30, 2014. Thats awesome that you gave God your YES and you began a dedicated ministry sharing the love of Christ with so many people. Everyone needs to feel the love of Christ no matter what they have been through in their life! 😃

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