Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jesus Talks About Poverty

Mark 14: 7
For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.

When Jesus said this, I do not believe he meant that we should have a fatalistic view of poverty, that it will always be present in the earth and we can never hope to eliminate it, as I have heard some preach. He was merely referring to the fact that he would be leaving the earth soon, and the act of love that was being shown to him, the anointing him with perfume, had to be done in the here and now, because he would be gone soon.

Some had protested the idea of spending money on rich perfume with which to anoint him, when it could be spent on the poor. He was saying that the opportunity to help the poor would exist after he had left the earth, but the opportunity to anoint him with oil was only available now.

John 6:35
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."

This is a powerful verse to remember when dealing with poverty and hunger. Jesus is talking about both physical hunger and spiritual hunger. He treats the whole person.

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