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CHARITY

December 2, 2015

Wednesday

 

Proverbs 28:27

 

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

 

 

LESSON

 

Those who “give to the poor” will not lack what they need, which is God’s blessing. They may also receive the blessing of other people and material benefits that God promised generous people. We may supply the idea of blessing to the first statement legitimately, since the contrast is with curses in the second statement; The rich young ruler, who asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life, was unwilling to part with his riches, and consequently he lost the benefits of becoming one of Jesus’ disciples. “To hide the eyes means to refuse to see poverty. It is the sin of those who say they are too sensitive to visit the slums.

With the aid of the Book of Proverbs, we can have wisdom regarding wealth and poverty, generosity and greed. With the blessing of the Lord, we can experience both wealth that comes from honest labor and generosity that springs from a merciful heart. Certainly there is no place for arrogance and abuse when we have been materially blessed.

 

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7

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