POVERTY Is it Yahuah’s plan for His people?
Kevin Carter's winning photo above shows a heart-breaking scene of a starving child collapsed on the ground, struggling to get to a food center during a famine in the Sudan in 1993. In the background, a vulture stalks the emaciated child.
Haunted by the horrific images from Sudan, Carter committed suicide in 1994.
It is evident that this child's grandparents didn't leave any inheritance. Owning nothing, people have nothing to improve on. Our Father Yahuah WANTS us to build, and dwell on the Earth rejoicing in His great works. The land vomits out those who do not seek Him, or live according to His directions, His Torah.
Poverty is the condition of the poor, and is a symptom of certain individuals who shun hard work, or those afflicted with some physical or mental disability. It is commonly a consequence of divorce. It is a deficiency, not a virtue. Hunger, starvation, and malnutrition are the direct results of poverty.
If we own nothing, then 10% of our increase on this nothing is: nothing. It’s hard to leave the gleanings of your vineyard for the poor if you have no vineyard. Abraham owned land, animals, and people. Abraham was righteous, believing and doing all that Yahuah directed him to do. Abraham took no vow of poverty, and Yahuah does not change His mind as men do. If we become His children through His Covenant, then Yahuah has promised to protect and provide for us - but we are not to misinterpret this to mean that we can just sit in the forest and wait for the food to come to us!
"Yahuah sends poverty and wealth;He humbles and He exalts." Eccl 7:11
If we are not careful, we can misunderstand what Scripture is really saying. Here, it seems that Shaul would have men cast-off their wives:
"What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those whobuy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away." 1 Cor 7:29-31
Notice the "as if" phrasing in Shaul's words. When Yahushua says we cannot be His talmid unless we abandon, give up, forsake, dismiss, and renounce all our worldly property, He is being figurative (Luke 14:33). He means for us to renounce the lust, love, and pride that often accompanies “owning” land and other possessions—even our families and wives. We should not consider anything our "personal" property, but always attribute the ownership to Yahuah. The "things" we possess are not to be our goal, and as Shaul says, our attitude toward our possessions must not rule over our hearts. The phrase "as if not engrossed in them" tells us we shouldn't be obsessed with possessions. Yahushua wants us to look at everything differently, not cast what He provides away from us. When we put all our possessions to use in His work of increasing Israel, putting all the resources at our disposal toward serving His purposes, then we properly understand that our “riches” really reside where we have sown peace; all we will take with us out of this life is Yahuah’s Torah. Possessions, if used properly for Yahuah and His righteousness, are excellent blessings. In contrast, to give up all physical possessions to become a beggar makes us become a drag on whatever society we live in - including the society we call Israel, those who obey Yahuah's Covenant. If we become wanderers on the face of the Earth, stricken by self-inflicted poverty, we are misguided indeed. If we find ourselves in poverty, the common sense Yahuah has placed in each of us should reveal to us that we must strive to remove ourselves from such desperation. To make poverty our objective would mean we endanger ourselves and our families, and the person who would neglect their family and subject them to the misery of poverty would have to be deluded.
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-- andpoverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man." Prov 6:6-11
"Yahuah sends poverty and wealth;He humbles and he exalts." Eccl 7:11
"The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, butpoverty is the ruin of the poor." Prov 10:15
Poverty is clearly considered to be “ruin” in this text, hardly something we should aspire toward as a goal.
Correctly understanding what Yahushua is saying, we see that whatever we may have been given the use of in this life is not our own, but is to be considered the property of Yahuah, including our bodies, talents/skills, even our breath. We are not to be renters, in debt to another for the roof over our heads - this is not Yahuah’s ideal plan for us.
"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous." Prov 13:22
"Wisdom, like an inheritance , is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun." Eccl 7:11
This topic could become a dividing issue, so try diligently to keep that from happening.
Yahuah hates "a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
"I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
bestowing wealth on those who love Me and making their treasuries full." Prov 8:20-21
I have given-over every part of my life to Yahushua's work, and take no prideful place in anything - it all stands or falls by the will of Yahushua. Property put at my disposal in this world is used entirely for the ministry of Yahushua; it is not my property, nor my ministry, but His. If the work prospers, it is by the will of Yahushua. One day, the whole Earth will be covered with the knowledge of Him, and for this day we strive.
We must be on guard to follow Yahushua's advice to not make any "VOWS" of any kind. He was very literal, not figurative, when He gave us that warning. The Catholic institution promotes the making of vows. They have promoted the vows of poverty and celibacy in order to further the over-all wealth and control over their domain.
The topic of "celibacy" is against the command to "be fruitful and multiply", given directly from the Voice of Yahuah to men at Gen. 1:28, 8:17, 9:1, and 9:7. In fact, the word "celibacy" is not found in the Scriptures - check any concordance. If it is a good thing, and Yahuah would have us be celibate to serve Him better, why did He not tell us or instruct us? Those who may seem to read it into what Shaul taught in his letters have 2 possibilities to decide between. Either the idea of "remaining single" was figurative language and simply misunderstood, or it was ADDED by Catholic monks to give legitimacy for their own vows.
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"Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number." Gen 47:27
Another Scripture indicating the blessings of Yahuah do not include poverty: Job/Iyyob 1:1-3:
"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job (Iyyob). This man was blameless and upright; he feared (Elohim) and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East."
point we are to learn
from the record of
Iyyob is to be content
with what Yahuah HAS
given to us, and not
complain, boast, or
act like what we have
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else. Job/Iyyob 1:21
shows us what Iyyob
said when he lost
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.
gave and (Yahuah) has taken away;
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If you listen to men and their wormwood (mixture of lies and Truth together), you will stumble with them in their blindness.
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