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Annually on November 15
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them
receives many curses. (Proverbs 28:27)
Giving gives great joy. And if the giver gives without expecting anything in return, that’s a
great achievement. Jesus once said, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite
your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite
you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the
crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you
will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." (Luke 14:12-14) Of course that’s for
those who are capable of giving banquets. But the rest can give according to their
generosity, with the scale ranging from 1-100.
Even in the Old Testament times God was concerned about the poor and He placed certain
laws for helping them.
“Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave
them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:10)”
"'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or
gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the
LORD your God.'" (Leviticus 23:22)
"'If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you,
help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among
you. (Leviticus 25:35)
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded
toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)
Regarding the virtuous woman, we read in the book of Proverbs
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. (Proverbs 31:20)
Even our fasting gets God’s approval when we do good to the poor.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with
shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own
flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:7)
It is God’s will that we be concerned about the poor and help them, so that we “walk the
faith” and glorify God.