Free Ebook.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Quit Work for a Year: 7 Steps to Do It Right | Main | Phil Town Day at Free Money Finance: Phil Town's 10-10 Rule »

March 12, 2006


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This is my favorite passage on the poor and others in need; although it doesn't use the word "poor," Jesus is clearly including them. From The Message, Matthew 25, Jesus is telling a story:


"When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, "Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.'

"Then those "sheep are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me--you did it to me.'

"Then he will turn to the "goats,' the ones on his left, and say, "Get out, worthless goats! You're good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because--

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.'

"Then those "goats' are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?'

"He will answer them, "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me--you failed to do it to me.'

"Then those "goats' will be herded to their eternal doom, but the "sheep' to their eternal reward."


I really like this passage because...well, it just touches me. Every person in need is as worthy of help as Jesus himself, whether or not s/he did something to get him/herself in that situation. If we close our eyes and only help those we deem "worthy," or help just because some cause is currently popular, we damn ourselves.

Matthew 6:1-4

It outlines the attitude of charity. Not giving for glory, but for the good of the poor. Our rewards will come from above.

Other great passages is in Psalm 37:16-22 ("SENSE OF TRUE VALUE") 16.A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. 17.For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:but the Lord upholdeth the righteous!! (18th) (19th) (20th) (21st)The wicked borroweth,and payeth not again: but the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth. (22)For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the Earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.(16-37 is a Psalm of David;a servant of the Lord).(also see Proverbs 3:33)

To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David! Psalm 41:1
1.BlESSED IS he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. ( This is my favorite I will have to say)
Linda Noton 11-23-08

I never expected to see the words "Palm" and "poor" in the same sentence.

Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Prov. 14:31. He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

There's all sorts of meaning in that, but at the very least we can say that Jesus takes the issue of poverty personally. A church or a nation that ignores its poor or places stumbling blocks in their way, whose supreme good is Money, is very far from the spirit of God.

I pulled these off of the internet when I was looking for "The Bible on the Poor"

The comments to this entry are closed.

Start a Blog


  • Any information shared on Free Money Finance does not constitute financial advice. The Website is intended to provide general information only and does not attempt to give you advice that relates to your specific circumstances. You are advised to discuss your specific requirements with an independent financial adviser. Per FTC guidelines, this website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs or otherwise. All posts are © 2005-2012, Free Money Finance.