Deuteronomy – Deu 15:7-11 “You Have the Poor Always With You”

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Deu 15:7-11 “You Have the Poor Always With You”

[Study Aired March 27, 2020]

Deu 15:7  If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 
Deu 15:8  But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 
Deu 15:9  Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 
Deu 15:10  Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 
Deu 15:11  For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Jesus Christ made a statement in Matthew that puzzled me when I was in Babylon’s system of thinking.

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

I used to think in the literal, so I tried to reconcile a loving God (the way Babylon described a loving God), Who created us, and yet He plainly states here that there will always be poor people. It came across like, “Don’t worry about the poor, you’ll always have them.”  I could not understand why this God that I was told was all-powerful and all-knowing couldn’t stop people from being poor. Why doesn’t He just stop the rich people from having everything, stop all diseases, and stop all those bad people out there? “Why”, I remember asking myself, “doesn’t Jesus just fix everything now so we don’t have to suffer?” I watched the news every day, and every day I saw more violence, more death and more diseases spreading all across the globe. Those pictures on the commercials of the flies on the starving babies in Africa, who were dying, “WHY, WHY doesn’t He just stop the suffering?” But, then the Babylonian doctrine I had been taught would say, “Rich people have chosen to turn their backs on the poor people. Bad people have chosen to be bad. It’s not the LORD’s fault. He gave us freewill, and it is the freewill  evil choices of man that has caused all this suffering. He created a Paradise and man messed it up and now we are suffering from our freewill choices.” Then I “CONSOLED” myself in the false doctrine that all these bad people were going to pay some day for all their deeds and suffer the everlasting, tormenting fires of a literal fire that would burn them for time without end. And we, and all the GOOD people and the babies that had flies on their faces, would celebrate the suffering of those bad people as Satan and his angels prodded them with pitchforks for all eternity. However, the poor of whom Christ told us has a deeper meaning than that.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

If we have Christ in us, then we are poor in spirit. Poor in spirit means we do not exalt ourselves over others based on our good works, stature in life, whether we are literally rich, and we see ourselves as void of anything that would make us in the flesh acceptable to God, separate from Christ, or better than anyone else.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Poor in spirit means we have been enlightened (“God said, let there be light“) to what we are in the flesh; poor, and having nothing to offer God in the flesh independent and separate from Christ. When we see our flesh as our neighbor, as poor and always remaining poor because God has created him poor, it becomes only right, by the law of mercy, to have mercy on our flesh when we see what God has predestined how the flesh lives. The flesh will eventually die of starvation. The flesh was not created to live forever. It will, by design, die and become fertilizer for the new man. However, that does not mean we are to hate the flesh for “ITS FAULTS” because our weaknesses were created weaknesses, just as the giants were created in the land of Canaan. My flesh hungers for literal food. My flesh thirsts for literal water. My flesh desires Kentucky fried chicken, cake, hotdogs, fried catfish and biscuits and gravy.  Should I despise the flesh because of these weaknesses. Should I start eating leafy spinach and greens to bring the flesh under control? Should I go through a rigorous transformation, as I have tried many times and failed, to not feed the flesh these things it has come to desire? Some would say yes, you should beat that flesh into subjection and make it bend to your every desire. Scripture says something different though.

Php 4:5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

1Co 8:8  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

This study is not about literal meat. This poor person is not a literal financially poor person. These things are spiritual, and we are to see them as spiritual. What we do in the flesh, what God has planned to be manifested in our flesh, is what we are in the spirit. Our flesh will always be poor, but God says we should feed the poor. How does an elect feed his poor man without being given over to the flesh? This is the real question. How are we to live our lives in this world, walking around in the flesh, and yet be spiritual? We accomplish that by seeing Christ is the Creator of all things. When we are GIVEN TO SEE that all men are as poor in the flesh as a field mouse, then we are able to have pity on them. When we see that all men are created void of understanding and darkness is upon their hearts and minds, we are able to have mercy on them and on our flesh. The way we forgive ourselves, our inner neighbor, is the way we will act towards our outer neighbor. If I am forgiving to the adulterous woman in me, then I will be forgiving to the adulterous woman in the world. If I see myself as thrown before the feet of Christ, guilty of adultery against God, then I can see my literal neighbor in the same boat.

Joh 8:3  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
Joh 8:4  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Joh 8:6  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
Joh 8:7  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Joh 8:8  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
Joh 8:9  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Joh 8:10  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
Joh 8:11  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

How many times does Jesus stoop down? Twice, which shows a witness of the self-righteous neighbor I am to my new man. In turn this tells us of the self-righteous judgment we have toward those outside of us. If it is God Who raises the storms in my life and your life, who am I to look down on you?

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Why is it so easy to forgive myself and not extend that same forgiveness to my Brother? Why does my sin look so much smaller to the next person’s sin? Why am I the first to pick up a stone to throw when I was given mercy, when I did not deserve mercy? We want to appear righteous in the flesh when we are not righteous in the flesh.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

We want to appear holy and meek when in fact we are ravening wolves. This is the state of my neighbor, my flesh. He is poor and will remain poor.

I knew a man a few years back, who worked for me. He constantly complained about those rich evil people, who stole from the poor. Every day he had a remark against the rich and the plight of the poor because of the rich. Yet, it never failed every week he showed up late. Once a week he had an excuse for why he could not come to work that day; he was sick, his wife was sick, his children were sick, the car wasn’t running right, excuse after excuse. At the end of every week, a few hours before he expected pay, he would start going on about how fast he got the job done, and how good the work looked. Then I would pay him the AGREED ON hourly wage…MINUS the days he did not come and the hours he showed up late. When I would hand him his pay, he would turn sour in his expression because he expected more. He expected more because, in his eyes, his time spent on the job was worth more than what I had given him. His lack in hours was made up by his abundance in work when he was on the job. I would tell him, “These are the hours you had coming, right?” He would say, “Yes.” Then I would ask him, “Am I cheating you in hourly pay?” He would say, “No, but, I expected more because I feel I got the job done faster than you expected!” He could not come to grips that his lack of hours led to his lack of pay. He was as the laborers in the field of the Matthew 20 parable.

Mat 20:1  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
Mat 20:2  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Mat 20:3  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Mat 20:4  And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Mat 20:5  Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
Mat 20:6  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
Mat 20:7  They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
Mat 20:8  So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 
Mat 20:9  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
Mat 20:10  But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
Mat 20:11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Mat 20:12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
Mat 20:13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

I tell this story, not to shame this man, but to explain how and why our neighbor is poor. God created him that way, just like this man I told you about. He could not help being the way he was anymore than my old man can stop being the way he is, was and will be. We must contend with our neighbor daily, and daily he grows poorer and poorer and our new man becomes richer and richer. The poorer our old man becomes, the richer our new man will be. When I say rich, I mean rich in the knowledge of Christ. The more I am given to see the weakness and frailty of my flesh, the richer I become in Christ, the true gold.

Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

When we see this about ourselves, we can be merciful to others. If we have not been given to see this about ourselves, then we cannot be merciful to others. If I am given to have the desire to be rich in Christ, then I will become poor in spirit. In other words, the more I am given to see the utter impotence of the flesh, the more I am given to see the strength of Christ. I become poor in spirit, I am given to see myself as the Publican and my flesh as the Pharisee.

Luk 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 
Luk 18:14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
When we are given to see ourselves as the self-righteous Pharisee in the flesh, we are the

When we are given to see ourselves as the self righteous Pharisee in the flesh, we are then led to pray, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” When we see that we look down on others in our religious old man, we then are given to become “poor in spirit” and rich in Christ. When I see myself in the light of the truth, “God said,let there be light,” I am easily moved to lend to my neighbor. I am not going to hold back from my neighbor the forgiveness that I was extended, inwardly or outwardly. If I cannot see I am forgiven inwardly, I cannot extend forgiveness outwardly. We must see that whatever we have had to live is from the LORD, then we can extend forgiveness to our old man, who had no power over what he was. If I have received this forgiveness, then I am able to easily forgive others. I do not hold back, I do not hesitate, and this is what is meant by our verses in Deuteronomy 15:9-11.

Deu 15:9  Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
Deu 15:10  Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 
Deu 15:11  For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

“The poor SHALL NEVER cease out of the land” if we are blessed to always see ourselves as poor in our land. If we extend to that poor neighbor forgiveness, we shall be blessed in all that the new man does. We shall be blessed in the fact that WE SEE THIS. What greater gift can we have than what our poor man has been forgiven? What greater gift can we have than to see ourselves forgiven and able to offer that forgiveness to our family. “Freely you have received, freely give.”

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

We must be healed inwardly first by this free gift before we can offer it to others. I must know I am forgiven before I can know how to forgive. If I am carrying around a burden of guilt, then how can I be sure to offer forgiveness to others. We cannot offer forgiveness if we do not know we are forgiven. This does not mean we become high-minded because we are forgiven; it means just the opposite. We become poor in spirit and easily to be entreated. It is easy to offer forgiveness when you know what you’ve been forgiven.

Those who see their sin as less than others’ sins, have not been broken, have not seen they are the chief of sinners. Yet this “SEEING” is in aorist tense. It’s minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day, into deeper understanding of just how sinful our old man is. In this knowledge we remain poor and fulfill the scripture with which we started:

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

This is a blessing to have the poor with us always. If we ever become rich in our own eyes, then we must be chastened now in this eon/age or fall away and be cast into the lake of fire for the cleansing of our carnal minds. I pray we all are given this knowledge to become poor in spirit in this age and rich in Christ so we may be counted worthy to be in the first resurrection.

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