Good news to the poor!

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18,19 NKJV.pic_luc5_1-11

Poor, ptochos, (metaphhorically) Strong’s # 4434—Poor in spirit are those who recognize their spititual poverty and, casting aside all self dependance, seek God’s grace (Matt.5:3). Their are spiritual implications in the terms poor, hunger, weep, and hate. Jesus does not commend poverty, hunger, sorrow, and reproach in themselves. These sufferings bring blessings only when they are endured through discipleship for the Son of Man’s sake luke 6:22.

Poverty of spirit, hungering after righteousness, weeping over one’s sins and social ostracism for the sake of Christ are suorces of blessing.

Ptochos stresses one’s poverty-stricken condition and the humble poor whose trust is in God’s help in the midst of poverty. Jesus came to heal or broken hearts and set us free from sinand death.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    May 27, 2014 @ 04:04:59

    Material wealth and appearance in society are too important in America and many countries. How many sacrifice spiritual peace for the temporal things of the world? Jesus hung around the rich and the poor, but he seemed more comfortable with the poor in most cases. I guess that’s because he had no home (earthly of course), his betrayer taking care of his finances (Judas thought), and no source of steady income (right!). Who needs a retirement plan when you are the Lord of Heaven and Earth?

    Thanks for another great word study, Manny.

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    • Mannyr
      May 27, 2014 @ 17:21:00

      Most well off people are very hard to reach with the gospel. Time and time again in going door to door they either slammed the door or never answered. That i consider this the legacy of the J.W’s and Mormons. Poor covers a lot of ground. I agree with
      Who needs a retirement plan…” I am living in my decision to forsake a well funded retirement plan from my former union which brings great benefits to those who endured. I choose to follow a voice gently calling me to the wilderness of Arizona. Hands down the best move I could have made. Thanks for stopping by.

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