"God"s Word The Table Are Turned Rich Man Poor Man Lazarus 6:24:18 ***TODAY*** America Today God's Word for The Nation We call America"
Rich or Poor What is Rich or Poor? Our Lord drew a parallel between the rich and the poor at Luke 21:1-4:
What Does God Think? 1 Now Jesus watched the rich putting money into the Temple treasury. 2 And he also saw a certain poor widow putting in two leptons, 3 so he said: ?I tell you [disciples] this truth that this widow put in more than everyone else, 4 because the rich put in from their surplus while this widow put in out of her need all her means of living.?
Thus Jesus defined someone who is rich as someone with a ?surplus.? In the Bible the ?poor? are those who do not have basic needs, or who must depend on others for subsistence. [Compare 2 Samuel 12:1]
?Rich is the general word for one who has more money or income-producing property that is necessary to satisfy his normal needs. Wealthy adds to this connotations of grand living, influence in the community, a tradition of richness. Affluent suggests a continuing increase of riches and a concomitant lavish spending. Opulent suggests the possession of great wealth as displayed in luxurious or ostentatious living. Well-to-do implies sufficient prosperity for easy living.?
The Poor in the Bible : The word ?poor? is mentioned over 100 times in the Bible and ?poverty? about a dozen times. The word is often associated with the needy and oppressed.
In the Law of Moses: <> The first mention of a poor person is in the Law of Moses where a warning is given not to ?pervert justice? in dealing with such persons. Also, the poor were permitted to glean from fields left fallow during the sabbath year of rest in the land. [Exodus 23:6, 11]