Do not begrudge helping your brother

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.11.2018 – Old Testament: Deu 15.9–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 14–16 on March 11, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord set up a system for Israel whereby debts were canceled every seven years. However, He knew that some might withhold helping a brother, if let’s say, it was in the sixth year, knowing that a year later the debt would be canceled. Therefore, He said,

“Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it become sin among you. You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land’” (Deuteronomy 15.9–11).

If they would remember how the Lord had already blessed them and how He would continue to do so, they would not withhold help and when they did give the help, they would be glad to do it. Also, why not just show love to your brother, whether you will be blessed for it or not?

Questions:

  • Do you help fellow-Christians gladly?
  • How many people have helped you over the years?

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