For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you according to the riches
A form of godliness, but denying the power thereof… (2 Tim 3:5) Paul predicts that perilous times will come when “men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able. (1 Cor 3:2) The church in Corinth
The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. (1.) They had the right of gleaning the fields (Lev. “19:9, 10; Deut. 24:19, 21).” “(2.) In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of the produce of the fields and the vineyards (Ex. 23:11; Lev. 25:6). (3.) In the year of jubilee they recovered their property (Lev. 25:25-30). “(4.) Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be returned before the sun went down (Ex. 22:25-27; Deut. 24:10-13). The rich were to be generous to the poor (Deut. 15:7-11). “(5.) In the sabbatical and jubilee years the bond-servant was to “go free (Deut. 15:12-15; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-54).” “(6.) Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the poor “(Deut. 14:28, 29; 26:12, 13).” “(7.) They shared in the feasts (Deut. 16:11, 14; Neh. 8:10). “(8.) Wages were to be paid at the close of each day (Lev. 19:13). “In the New Testament (Luke 3:11; 14:13; Acts 6:1; Gal. 2:10; “James 2:15, 16) we have similar injunctions given with reference” “to the poor. Begging was not common under the Old Testament,” “while it was so in the New Testament times (Luke 16:20, 21,” etc.). But begging in the case of those who are able to work is “forbidden, and all such are enjoined to “work with their own” “hands” as a Christian duty (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; Eph.” 4:28). This word is used figuratively in Matt. 5:3; Luke 6:20; 2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 3:17.
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