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August 28th - Protecting the Poorest

Protecting the Poorest

(2 Kings 25:2-10-22)

(2 Chronicles 36:17-21)

(Jeremiah 39:2-5, 8-18; 40:1-6; 52:5-7, 9-30)

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The time was approximately 586 B.C. Just as the prophet Jeremiah had foretold, the Babylonians swept in and destroyed Jerusalem, the City of David. The marauders destroyed the most significant buildings, executed the leaders, took all the treasures of the temple and palace, and carted the people off to captivity.

All except the poorest of the poor.

“But the commander left behind

some of the poorest people of the land

to work the vineyards and fields.”

(2 Kings 25:12, NIV)

Could this account tell us anything about how the Lord feels about the humblest and most needy among us?Does not the Perfect Provider seek to be the only Source of all we need?

In the Sermon on the Mount, The Lord Jesus said this:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

(Matthew 5:3, NIV)

Could it be that our view of success is somewhat skewed these days? Has it ever been otherwise?

What does the Lord’s own economy look like?

Will you pray with me?

Gracious Heavenly Father,

All You created

Belongs to You.

Point out our poverty,

And turn our eyes from all

We grasp

Besides Your hand.

Thank You for Your great grace

That looks beyond our greed

And our grief

And draws us to Your own heart

Where we may find

Your everlasting abundance.


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