Disciple: Who Is To Help Those In Need?

by John and Ruth Greene

“And when your brother has become poor, and his hand has failed with you, then you shall help him. He shall live with you as an alien and a tenant. You shall take no interest or increase from him, and you shall fear your Elohim [‘God’, YHWH]; and the life of your brother is with you. You shall not give silver to him with interest, and you shall not give your food for increase.” – Leviticus 25:35-37, HRB

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The Bible places great emphasis on assisting the poor and helpless, especially orphans, widows and the handicapped. This applies to brothers and sisters that believe over the rest of the world, a theme repeatedly applied through scripture. In Israelite society, no paid work was generally available to a woman or her children and there was no livelihood for them in those days. Neither was there work for the seriously handicapped. Here in Nashville, Tennessee, “a nation of farmers”, the poor are often helped by our government without much interest or intent. Claims of charity are easy when you have a large disaster, but what about personal disasters and situations for those ‘less fortunate’? (“Giving to Others While Trusting in YHWH for Your Needs“; “Love Promotes Healthy Giving“; “Christians & Finance“; “Incentives of Deception“)

haiti-earthquakeThe need seems endless and some people take advantage of the generosity of others. This is harder to do within the halls of faith where people know one another (or need to). Still, in days of old, neglecting the poor was a sin. Permanent poverty was not allowed in Israel. Caring for the poor was not the job of the government, nor simply the job of an organized church. Financially secure families were and still are responsible to help those in need and to be certain that their charity reaches those that need it most. (“YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “U.S. Bankruptcy and the Bible“; “Christians, Corporations & Disability in the US“)

Many times, modestly prosperous families and individuals choose to do nothing for anyone but themselves. Many times, this is not because you lack compassion for others, although other times this is exactly the case. Often times, you may feel overwhelmed by the size of the problems of others and where to begin. Knowing who to trust is another issue that many use to excuse themselves from accountability. (“How YHWH Marks His People“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “YHWH: the Help of Those Who Seek Him“)

Your Heavenly Father doesn’t expect you to neglect your immediate family while providing for the needs of others in perilous times.hurricane-katrina-98.jpg What YHWH does expect is that when you see an individual in need, you will reach out with whatever help you are able to offer, including hospitality. If you have a job and income, you have are obligated before Elohim to help others that need assistance around you in whatever way you can. The more important question is what your heart says. Do you kick and scream inside? To you resent helping others? Is your heart and mind hardened against those that need help? (“Hardened Hearts: Strengthening the Brotherhood in Christ“; “The Struggle for Purity of Heart“; “What Is Washing By The Word?“; “YHWH: The Choice to Stay Loyal“)

Helping and loving your brothers, especially brothers in faith, is YHWH’s Way. Simply giving that answerability to someone else is not an option in Elohim’s eyes. (Galatians 6:10; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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