This article was first published on the Facebook website
here January 29th 2018.
"Is this not the fast that I have chosen;
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him ...?"
This verse describes a fast which is pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.
What is the connection between fasting and these other actions?
The connection is the condition of the heart.
In Matthew 25:35-40 Yeshua speaks about those who will inherit the Kingdom
of God. They will be the ones who fed Him when He was hungry, gave him
something to drink when He was thirsty and clothed Him when He was naked.
Yeshua goes on to say that those who did not do these things for Him will
not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Guy Cohen Congregational Leader
Understandably, the "nations" in verse 32 and 37 will ask Yeshua when they
had done all these things. His answer: "Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it
God's desire is that we would open our hearts to the widows, orphans
and needy, before we come to Him with our needs and requests.
When Paul met with the elders of Ephesus in Acts 20, he knew that he would
not see them again. At that last meeting, he gave the elders tools for
maintaining the congregation. In verse 35 Paul ended by telling them to
remember the words of the Lord Yeshua, "It is more blessed to give than
to receive." As believers in Yeshua we need to have the heart of
givers, helping the needy who are all around us.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6, 9-10 we are taught that what we sow, we will also
reap. One conclusion from these verses, is that when we give to the poor
we give to the Lord. When we have a heart for the broken, we are not giving
to the broken but to the Lord. When we give to the Lord He will multiply
it, and it will bring God glory, as both the giver and the receiver give
thanks to Him.
Recently the Lord touched my heart to motivate the Harvest of Asher
Congregation, to reach out as individuals to the surrounding community.
Each family can choose up to three families in need and give them food
baskets. The members of the congregation are donating food, and from the
ministry budget we will then add to what the congregants bring, to prepare
food baskets. The members will then personally deliver these baskets to
people who are in need, in order to be a blessing and to minister to them.
Our hope is that this will help the congregation mature as both givers and
receivers. We ask that you join us in praying for God's anointing
presence to fill the homes of those who receive the baskets.
to support the work and vision of Kaztir Asher.
There have been comments to this article ...
8:31am 06Mar18, MB: Thank you for this article. My question is: do these verses mean
that we are to give to Christians in need, and do not mean to
give to non-believers? I have definitely been taught that these
verses mean that we attend to our fellow believers. What do you
think about this interpretation?
-- Guy Cohen replies: The verses mean that we are to give according to God's heart,
Isaiah 58. To those who are in need for believers and Non!!!
11:35am 06Mar18, Avi Wolfson: Well said!
5:14pm 06Mar18, Arlene Stucki: Thank you for this article. Although it is applicable to many
humanitarian needs, I believe its first application is to Joel
3:1-3. When we look at Yeshua's entry comment in Matt. 25:31, we
see that it lines right up with how the nations treated even "the
least" of His brothers, the Jews. (Matt. 25:40) It is critical
that the Church understand this connection.
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