Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:22 – Helping the Poor   Leave a comment

Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:22. Please pay attention to what the author says about the poor and how Moses the poor. Too many people feel they are not worth much because they don’t have much in money or possessions. Sadly, too many churches make people feel like if they didn’t have a lot of money they are not blessed. We are blessed because of Jesus Christ and not our possessions. If we are lacking in anything the Lord provides all our needs. There is nothing wrong with money. But it’s the LOVE of money that’s the root of all evil. When a person have a love of money they look down on the poor and have an attitude they are better than others. SOME, but not all, but some Christians feel that way. Read in the Bible what Jesus says about the poor. He healed the poor just like the rich. Having riches isn’t wrong, just as long as the riches don’t cause a person to be arrogant and prideful and turn from Jesus. When you see someone that has less than you, help them and don’t judge them. I learned a lesson on this several years ago. I just bought a cooked chicken from the store for dinner and while driving I saw a man near the freeway hitchhiking. The Lord told me to turn around and give that man my chicken. My first reaction was selfish, but I decided to obey the Lord. I admit it wasn’t easy or comfortable, but I would have felt worse knowing that man was without. It would have weighed on my conscience. That wasn’t my reason for doing it. So, next time you see a homeless person or someone that’s struggling, consider what the Lord Jesus did. He didn’t ignore them, He freely gave. That includes a portion of your tithes. So many in church teach the tithes only goes to the church. But if you want to do like Moses, give a portion to the church and a portion to the poor. Don’t be like some and say they put themselves in that situation, so it’s not my concern. We may not know the situation, but the Lord showed grace and mercy to all. How about the hurt man in the Bible that many passed by; even those from the church. But a good Samaritan helped that man (Luke 10:30-35).

1 Corinthians 11:22 Commentary – Andrew Wommack Ministries

What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise [you] not.

Some people have misinterpreted this verse, just as 1Co 11:20, to say that it is wrong to eat or drink in the church assemblies. Paul was not forbidding that but was putting forth a proper method of conduct for the Lord’s Supper. The Corinthians had turned communion into a feast where those who were well-off gorged themselves while those who were without went hungry (1Co 11:21). This obviously was not the type of unity that was evident in the first Lord’s Supper and that the Lord intended His followers to observe in communion.

The observance of communion should focus on the sacrificial offering of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus for us, not on food. This is why churches usually take just a symbolic amount of wine, or juice, and bread instead of a meal. Meals in the church building are not wrong as long as there is ample provision to supply those who may not be able to provide food for themselves.

There are eight different Hebrew and four different Greek words used to describe the poor in the Holy Scriptures. The English word "poor" is used a total of 205 times in the King James Version. As stated by Jesus, the poor are always among us (Mt 26:11), and blessings are promised to those that consider them (Ps 41:1 and 112:9). Jesus’ concern for the poor (Ac 20:35) carried down through the apostles (Ga 2:9-10) to the early church as they cared for the poor, the widows (Ac 2:45; 4:34; 6:1, and 8), and promoted special collections for the needy saints (Ro 15:26).

In the Old Testament, the Law of Moses protected the needy by supplying special legislation that gave a portion of the tithes to the poor (De 14:28-29 and 26:12-13), supplied them with the right to glean the fields (Le 19:9-10 and De 24:19-21), restored their land in the Year of Jubilee (Le 25:25-28), gave daily payment of wages rather than weekly or monthly (Le 19:13), and provided justice for them and freedom from oppression (Ex 23:6 and De 7:19).

God also promised to hear their prayers (Ps 69:33) and to help, shelter, and provide for them (Ps 72:12-13, 132:15; and Isa 41:17).

We are told in Scripture that to have pity upon the poor is to lend to the Lord (Pr 19:17), to oppress the poor is to reproach our Maker (Pr 14:31), a special blessing of healing and deliverance in time of trouble will be granted to those considering the poor (Ps 41:1-3), and those who have mercy on the poor will be happy (Pr 14:21).

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Posted August 6, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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