An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Poor Neighbors

(Proverbs 14:20 KJV)  The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

Context is important in this verse.  Read the verses around it.  This is not a statement about how it should be for us.  It points out differences between God’s people and the pagans.

The standard of the world is to be “hated” (8130) because you are “poor” (7326).  If you listen to politicians, demonstrators such as Occupy Wallstreet, charities and such you think they really care but they generally want to help the poor with your money while they skim off a healthy dose for their own support and comfort.  They generally don’t have the poor home for dinner or want their children to marry them.

This is an indictment of the nature of man.  A poor person usually lives in an area full of other poor people.  They are his “neighbor” (7453).  The lower classes, unredeemed, hate those who are like themselves.

We are called to love all men.  That is the basis for the statements, “All men are created equal,” “The ground is level at the foot of the cross,” “There are in Christ no free or slave,” and so many others.

So?  Start with simple courtesy.  Give people the dignity that they might not have earned but deserve. 


Gorges Smythe said...


Pumice said...

Isn't it amazing how complicated simple courtesy can be?

Grace and Peace.