When Jesus said, “you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good” (Mark 14:7 NKJV), He was confirming the Old Testament teaching. “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 23:22 NKJV). The “poor” were allowed to harvest the raw materials for food from the last of the crops. The “poor” were also obligated to pay their temple tax the same as the “rich” (Exodus 30:14-15). Nowhere in the Bible are God’s people (Israelites in the Old, Christians in the New) obligated to care for the “poor” who show no involvement in Bible teaching!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.