Poor, and Our Duty Toward Them
The Right Attitude
Toward the Poor
What is Gods
attitude toward the poor?
For he will deliver
the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have
no one to help.
For what purpose did
Christ say God had anointed Him?
The Spirit of the
Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to
preach the good news to the poor. He
has sent me to proclaim freedom for the
prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to
release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of
the Lords favor. Luke
When did He say we could
minister to the poor?
The poor you will
always have with you, and you can help
them any time you want. But you will
not always have me. Mark 14:7.
What classes are we
especially enjoined to help?
Learn to do what is
right! Seek justice encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the
case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17.
How did the patriarch Job
treat the poor?
I was a father to
the needy; I took up the case of the
stranger. Job 29:16.
The Relation of the True
Religion to Charity
What is pure and
undefiled religion declared to be?
The religion that God
our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their
distress and to keep oneself from being polluted
by the world. James 1:27.
What kind of fast is most
acceptable to God?
Is this not the kind
of fasting I have chosen: to lose the chains of
injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, so set
the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it
not to share your food with the hungry and to
provide for the poor wanderer with shelter
when you see the naked, to clothe him, and turn
not away from your own flesh and blood?
How does the Lord regard
kindness shown to the poor?
He who is kind to the
poor lends to the Lord, and he will
reward him for what he has done.
Proverbs 19:17. God is not unjust; he
will not forget your work and the love you have
shown him as you have helped his people continue
to help them. Hebrews 6:10.
Fate and Reward
What fate awaits those
who turn a deaf ear to the poor?
If a man shuts his
ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry
out and not be answered.
What promises are made to
those who consider the poor?
Blessed is he who has
regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in
times of trouble. The Lord will protect him and
preserve his life; he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desires of his foes.
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and
restore him from his bed of illness. Psalm
What is promised those who do
The you will call, and
the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and
he will say: Here am I. :If you do away with the
yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and
malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in
behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the
oppressed, then your light will rise in the
darkness, and your night will become like the
noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will
satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and
will strengthen your frame. You will become like
a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters
never fail. Isaiah 58:9-11.
What did Christ tell the
rich young man to do?
Jesus answered, If
you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and
you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,
follow me. Matthew 19:21.
Note From Matthew
25:31-45, we learn that Christ identifies Himself
with needy, suffering humanity; and that any
neglect shown them He regards as done unto
Himself, and any service rendered to them as
though done for Him. We are not saved because we
help the needy; but if we experience the
salvation of Christ, we will love the
unfortunate. This is a test of the genuineness of
The Good, the Rich, and the
What was the character of
Christs work among men?
He went around
doing good and healing all who were under the
power of the devil, because God was with him.
What will His true followers
Whoever claims to live
in him must walk as Jesus did. 1
In ministering to the needy,
whom are we really serving?
The King will
reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you
have did for one of the least of these brothers
of mine, you did it for me.
How long will there be
poor in the world?
you will always have with you, but you
will not always have me.
What relation do all
sustain to God?
Rich and poor have
this in common: The Lord is Maker of them all.
Whom to Help and How
What classes are subjects
for Christian help work?
Religion that God our
Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to
look after the orphans and widows in their
distress and to keep oneself from being
polluted by the world. James 1:27.
How did Job learn of the needs
of the poor?
I was the father to
the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
What parable illustrates
practical Christian help work?
The parable of the Good
Samaritan. Luke 10:30-37.
When Christ sent out the
Seventy, what did he tell them to do in the
cities whither they went?
sick who are there and tell them,
The kingdom of God is near you.
What incentive have Christians
for doing prison work?
I needed clothes
and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked
after me, I was in prison and you came
to visit me. Matthew 25:36.
Who notes the groans of the
The Lord looked
down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he
viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the
prisoners and release those condemned to death.
Psalm 102: 19,20.
It is our duty always to give
what is expected or asked?
The Peter said, Silver
or gold I do not have, but what I have I give
to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, walk. Acts 3:6. (See also 2
What is sometimes of greater
value even than money to discouraged souls?
When I smiled on
them, they scarcely believed it, the light of my
face was precious to them. Job 29:24.
Evidence and Fruits of True
What is one good evidence
of genuine repentance?
Therefore, O king, be
pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins
by doing what is right, and your wickedness by
being kind to the oppressed. It may be that
then your prosperity will continue. Daniel
What is one evidence that one
has a knowledge of God?
He defended the
cause of the poor and the needy, and so all went
well. Is that not what it means to know me?
declares the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16.
What divine law of retroaction
it will be given to you. A good
measure, pressed down, shaken together and
running over, will be poured into your lap. For
with the measure you use, it will be measured to
you. Luke 6:38. (See also
Psalm 18:25, 26; 109:17; Galatians 6:7.)
What is promised those who
give to the poor?
He who gives to the
poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his
eyes to them receives many curses. Proverbs
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