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31 He that oppresseth [ashaq] the poor [dal] reproacheth [charaph.] his Maker [asah]: but he that honoureth [kabad] him hath mercy [chanan] on the poor [ebyown]. 32 The wicked [rasha] is driven away [dachah] in his wickedness [ra]: but the righteous [tsaddiyq] hath hope [chacah] in his death [maveth]. KJV-Interlinear 31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him. 32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies. NASB
God made everyone who ever lived and who ever will live in this world. It is God who gives life and death, who gives prosperity and adversity, who gives poverty and riches. And it is Gods sovereign decision as to what to give one person verses another and in what measure.
2 The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. NASB
God knows all of the facts of life with respect to every individual. He knows all our thoughts, all of our motives, and He has foreseen all of these and more in eternity past.
None of us, no human being who has ever lived, or who ever will live, has this kind of information (one exception of course - Jesus Christ who is God and man, the unique person of the universe)
Though we all live in this world the one thing that the world has absolutely no control over, is the thoughts that run through your soul. The world can try to influence certain thoughts and behaviors, but to those who ignore the world, then there is no control given to the world.
A person can be in total poverty or a person can be filthy rich so to speak, and yet they are both equal when it comes to the opportunity for a spiritual life. You do not need to have a bank account in order to be a winner in the spiritual realm.
Where there is positive volition, then God will bring the doctrine to the individual or He will bring the individual to the doctrine. In centuries past there is probably many a slave who was positive toward God, and through the mechanism of slavery they came out of Africa to a place where doctrine was taught. They are in heaven today as winners with tremendous blessings waiting for them in eternity.
Many a slave master of centuries past might also be in heaven, but with far less. An interesting twist of fortunes.
Just because a person is poor does not mean that they are subhuman or something less than the average human being. Just because a person is rich does not mean that they are better than the rest of us. What you are in this live means nothing.
To some God gives gifts of plenty. To some God gives gifts of less. To all God gives responsibility and will call us all to accountability. No one or group of us was placed on this earth in order to master others or to oppress them for selfish benefit. But we all were placed here in this world in order to train each of us with the proper respect and honor of others, which God expects.
To those who through oppression or crime or gossip try to take advantage of others, then God has a policy of discipline, misery, and destruction. For the unbeliever there will be the Lake of Fire regardless of how they treat others. They have rejected God completely.
For the believer who demonstrates ill intent toward others by whatever means, there will be loss of blessing and status in heaven. Review our parables study for more indepth examples of this.
Every individual deserves respect and decent treatment from you. You may not like a person and certainly you do not have to associate with everyone, but the line is drawn there. You have no right to gossip or malign against anyone regardless of who they are or what you think they have done. You have no right to make anyone's life miserable. You have no right to lead crusades against anyone, or take advantage of anyone.
All of these actions or even mere thoughts and more against others will be dealt with harshly by God against you. The one thing you do not want to get involved with is triple discipline against yourself from God. The thought up sin or motive brings one form of discipline. The accusation (verbal of overt) against another brings up another form of discipline, and the sin or wrong you accuse them of brings up yet a third level of discipline against you. We studied this in detail in our study of Matthew. This is a compounding of sins and discipline which you do not want to find yourself in.
The righteous, the mature believer, has a refuge against such discipline and harsh treatment from God against them, because they do not commit the wrongs in the first place.
The mature believer understands that we all are here for a reason. That God placed each one of us here for reasons specific to us. Why are some given riches and many not? Well, because the some will provide jobs, the some will provide industry, the some will do things which will benefit the many. Of course there are many rich folks who are very selfish, but then they will be the losers in life when their life ends.
But there will be many who will be responsible citizens and who will help others with their wealth, as they should.
If you are poor, does this absolve you of all responsibility in life? No. If anything you have a greater responsibility in advancing toward maturity so God can use you as a tool in helping others. God uses the prepared believer. If you are not running an industry then you certainly have more time to advance yourself in your spiritual life. Turn the television off.
Those people who are not prepared in their spiritual lives end up being nothing more than historical filler and useless.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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