ye may do them good." Mark 14:7.
4. What did Paul say regarding our duty to the poor?
"I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the
weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed
to give than to receive." Acts 20:35.
5. What promises are made to those who consider the poor?
"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of
trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the
earth: and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will
strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: Thou wilt make all his bed in his
sickness." Ps. 41:1-3.
6. How does the Lord regard kindness shown to the poor?
"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he
hath given will He pay him again." Prov. 19:17. "For God is not
unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His
name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister." Heb. 6:10.
7. What fate awaits those who turn a deaf ear to the poor?
"Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but
shall not be heard." Prov. 21:13.
8. What classes are we especially enjoined to help?
"Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless,
plead for the widow." Isa. 1:17.
9. What is pure and undefiled religion declared to be?
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
world." James 1:27.
10. What kind of fast is most acceptable to God?
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? . . . Is it not to deal thy bread to
the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou
seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine
own flesh?" Isa. 58:6,7.
11. What is promised those who do this work?
"Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry and He shall say,
Here I am. . . . And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted
soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday. And the
Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy
bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters
fail not." Verses 9-11.
12. How did the patriarch Job treat the poor?
"I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched
out." Job 29:16.
13. What did Christ tell the rich young man to do?
"Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow
Me." Matt. 19:21.
NOTE.-From Matt. 25:31-45 we learn that Christ identifies Himself with needy, suffering
humanity; and that any neglect shown them He regards as done unto Himself.