A Cup of Cold Water

October 22, 2010 at 8:02 1 comment

The poor needs be treated better than our pets.

The poor should not be over looked.

The poor should treated they are a your friends.

Even though they are addicts or have a mental condition.

People become poor for making too many poor choices or they get addicted to a substance or the they were abused or raped or their husband left them with the kids or they have a mental illness so they cannot work.

I remember dark skin Indians in Mexico City dress in the brightly colored clothes would beg as a family and I would give them money every time I saw them.

They did not speak Spanish but language closer to the Aztec and the Mayan.

I remember a believer outside of the Mexico City and his front yard was one of the cities dumps.   It was not always that way.  Why are the poor invisible to us?  Why do we avoid the poor?  Some us take advantage of the poor especially women and children.

Some of us make desperate families poor for our ends.

When Christ returns we will judge us on the basis on we treated to poor amongst us.

Did we feed them, clothe them, shelter them and befriend them.  Do we visit prisoners who most them were abused by their fathers or abandoned by their fathers leaving their mother and kids poor.

Isaiah 58 sets standard for biblical justice.

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.

Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins.

For the day after day they seek me out;

They seen eager to know my ways,

as if they were a nation that does what is right

and has not forsaken my commands of its God.

They ask for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.

Why have we fasted, they say, and you have not seen it?

Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not notice?

Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.

Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fits.

You cannot fast as you do today and expect you voice to hear on high.

Is this the kind fast I have chosen, only a day for man to humble himself?

Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?

Is that what you call a fast,  a ay acceptable to the Lord?

Is no this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hunger and to provide for the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not turn way form you flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn

And y our healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;

You will cry for help, and he will say: Here I am.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf the hungry and satisfy the needs of 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 be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;

you will be called the Repairer of Broken Walls,  Restorer  of Streets with Dwellings.

If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing a you please or speaking idle words, then you will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.  The mouth of the Lord has spoken.



Entry filed under: The Christian Life.

A Cup of Cold Water ALS

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carol Noren Johnson  |  October 22, 2010 at 8:02

    Lots of important thoughts here, Paul. Anything we do is for His glory. I am going to go meditate more on Isaiah 58. Thanks for directing my attention to it.


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