When I’m wrestling with God and His Word… I write it down.

And sometimes it writes itself out. So, here’s what came from my journal.

* What verse or set of words from, the very book we profess to call our guide to living, could break through the hardness of our hearts of stone?

The very words of God, our Creator resounding through, and through with the words of a heartbroken, and fearful Mother! Crying for fear of what will come upon her children if they will not turn back to her loving care, and abandon their idolatry! That only ever leads to destruction, and ultimately, separation from our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ, and His kingdom He has prepared for us!

What are we to do?

* The point is: How are we treating the poor, and needy?

* Am I, my brother’s keeper? As Cain said to his brother’s Maker?

Or am I missing something?

What do Gods beautiful words have to say about the poor, and the needy?

* 197 times the poor are spoken of in a Protestant bible in a loving, caring manner!

* 245 times are the poor spoken about in an Orthodox bible also in a loving, caring manner!

* Could the fear of retribution, and annihilation motivate us to treat the poor as Father sees fit? It doesn’t look like it!

* God saw fit to punish Israel with exile and destruction on account of how they were treating the poor!

* Paul said: if we have not love… even though we sell our very flesh to help the poor… We have NOTHING!

* So, maybe fear of retribution isn’t the key to our hard hearts?

* God said: that he would give us a new heart, and that he would write his law upon it!

* Yea, hath God said, …?

* If God so loved the world… Why did He send His only begotten Son to proclaim the gospel (good news!) to the poor, specifically?!

* And why are all the other “commandments” ignored?!

* Isn’t it funny how we have chosen through our vain words to either deceive ourselves or being deceived we turn our backs on the only God among the gods that truly loves and cares for us!!

In all this betrayal, and deception we desecrate the very image of our betrayed Lord sitting outside those locked church doors!

* Where is, love your brother as yourself in this message?

* And the voice of Abels blood cried from the ground…

* Here is a heads up regarding our Merciful God… God had mercy on Cain by not killing him!? Even though Cain didn’t repent of his, slaying his brother, Abel.

* Am I my brother’s keeper?

* With a switching of two words we have, I am my brother’s keeper!?

* This is basically the slogan of God concerning the treatment of the poor, needy, orphans, widows, fatherless, travelers, wander!

* You are your brother’s keeper, guardian, helper according to the blessed words of wisdom of the Holy Scriptures!

* A light to the world, aren’t you to be?

* If the salt has lost its flavor… what good is it?

* Be the salt of the earth!

* What is salt good for?

* Salt cleans and protects!

* Clean and protect the least of these!? My brethren.

* We are called: children of God!

* Act like it!

* Surprise the world! Not to mention transforming the whole world in the process with Gods glory wrapped around you shining like the Lords love hanging there on his bloody cross!

Please the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Father by being at the very least kind to a poor, needy person, family!?

That’s was a little bit of my journal. I hope it helps even in some meager way.

Thank you for reading the writings of a madman. 💕

God bless you and your families. ❤

A partial list of what I came up with pursuing my Bible.

We can use it in many ways: prayers, petitions, supplications, meditation on God’s word.

The possibilities are endless, I think. 🤔

It’s just a partial list of what God’s Holy Scriptures have to say regarding the treatment of the poor. So here we go…

1. Defraud not the poor.

2. Be a helper to the other, the poor.

3. Love the poor.

4. Satisfy the afflicted soul.

5. Draw out thy soul to the hungry.

6. Deal your bread to the hungry.

7. Bring the poor that are cast out to thy house.

8. Cloth the poor.

9. Be strength to the poor.

10. Be a strength to the needy in their affliction.

11. Be a refuge from the storm to the poor.

12. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor, and needy.

13. Consider the cause of the poor.

14. Rob not the poor.

15. Neither oppress the afflicted.

16. Do not mock the poor. (Reproaching his maker!)

17. By having mercy on the poor, you honor God.

18. Be happy by having mercy on the poor. This is a promise from God!

19. Raise the poor out of the dust… Bring them to thy house.

20. Lift the poor out of the dunghill… Bring them to thy house.

21. Stand at the right hand of the poor… Being their defense.

22. Deliver the poor and needy… Out of the hand of the wicked!

23. Do justice to the afflicted and needy.

24. Defend the fatherless.

25. Forget not the congregation of the poor.

26. The blood of the poor is precious in His sight.

27. Listen to the poor.

28. Be blessed by considering the poor.

29. Open your hand wide to your poor brother/sister.

30. Do not harden your heart towards the poor.

31. Do not shut up your hand from your poor brothers/sisters need.

32. Do not make the poor of the land to fail.

33. Do not write injustice into your laws against the poor!

34. Do not oppress the poor in judgment.

35. Do no violence to the cause of the humble.

36. Do not allow widows to be prey.

37. Do not rob the fatherless.

38. Do not put the fatherless in a situation to be robbed.

39. Dispise not the hungry soul.

40. Provoke not the poor in his want.

41. Leave not to them that ask of thee, to curse thee behind thy back. For God will hear their cry.

42. The poor commits himself to God.

43. Because of the oppression of the poor… Now will I arise, saith the Lord.

44. For the sighing of the needy… Now will I arise, saith the Lord.

45. Shame not the counsel of the poor.

46. Because the Lord is the refuge of the poor.

47. The Lord delivers the poor from him that is to strong for him.

48. The Lord delivers the needy when he cries.

49. The Lord delivers the poor when he cries.

50. The Lord delivers him that has no helper.

51. The Lord shall spare the poor.

52. The Lord shall spare the needy, and save the soul of the needy.

53. The Lord shall redeem the poor, and their soul from deceit.

54. The Lord shall redeem the poor and their soul from violence.

55. Let the poor and needy praise thy name.

56. The Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted.

57. The Lord will maintain the right of the poor.

58. Lend unto the Lord by having pity upon the poor.

59. The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is maker of them all.

60. He that giveth to the poor shall not lack.

61. The poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel!

I’m hope, and pray that this little list seeps deep into your heart, and infects you with a love for your poor, and needy brothers, and sisters who need brothers and sisters to be the hands, and feet, and mouth of our precious Lord, for God’s sake, and theirs!

Thank you for listening to the writings of a madman.

May God bless you and your families 🙏 💝