It Is Not A Curse To Be Poor.

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I read from someone that curses include poverty and lack. If that is the case, Jesus plus the disciples and a lot of other believers in the New Testament were cursed. Nowhere in the NT does it says it is a curse to be poor.

Paul says,

“Even until this present hour we both HUNGER and THIRST and are naked and are buffeted and have NO CERTAIN DWELLING PLACE. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it; being defamed, we entreat.”

Peter says,

“SILVER and GOLD HAVE I NONE, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

We read in the book of Romans,

“For it has pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain CONTRIBUTION FOR THE POOR SAINTS in Jerusalem.”

Why give alms to the poor in Jerusalem if they are cursed? This would mean they were not obeying God since they were poor!

We read in Luke,

“For all these have cast in to the offerings of God from their abundance, but OUT OF HER POVERTY she has cast in all the living she had.”

Just because a person is rich, it does not mean that God favors that person more than the poor person.

Jesus said,

“But seeing, His disciples were indignant, saying, For what is this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for much and be given to the poor. But knowing, Jesus said to them, Why do you cause trouble to the woman? For she worked a good work toward Me. For YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE POOR WITH YOU, but you do not always have Me.”

James says,

“My brothers, do not have the faith of our Lord Christ, the Lord of glory, with respecter of faces. For if there comes a gold-fingered man in fancy clothing into your assembly, and if there also COMES IN A POOR MAN in shabby clothing, and if you have respect to him who has the fancy clothing and say to him, You sit here in a good place, and say to the poor, You stand there, or sit here under my footstool; Did you not make a difference among yourselves and became judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, HAS GOD NOT CHOSEN THE POOR of this world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? But you dishonored the poor one. Do not rich men oppress you and draw you before the judgment seats?

These are just samples. All one has to do is look up the word poor and poverty in the NT, and the OT for that matter.

Does the NT Scripture ever mention that the poor are cursed? No. Where in the NT do we see Jesus breaking a curse of poverty? Nowhere.

In the Old Testament we read:

Pro 14:31 He who oppresses the poor curses his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever scorns the poor reviles his Maker; he who is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Again, these are just a couple of examples. People like to go to Deu 28-30. However, that was given to the NATION OF ISRAEL as they were about to enter the land. It outlines the conditions upon which Israel was going to

(1) either obey and be blessed and stay in the land, or
(2) they would disobey, be cursed and be removed from the land.

Their obedience to the whole law was required. We are not the Nation of Israel under the Old Covenant. To apply the passage to New Covenant believers is totally out of context. We are not living in the promised land. And we are not under the Levitical works of the law. These are not promises to believers for today. God gave the Nation of Israel the choice “that day,” not us.

The law we are to follow today is the Law of Christ.

 

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3 Responses to It Is Not A Curse To Be Poor.

  1. Preach it, Sister! AMEN!!!

  2. dividingword says:

    Hi Michelle! Pray all is going well with you. ♥

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