GOD WANTS TO RESCUE THE POOR
Lev 25:35 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you will support him as though he were a foreign guest and a temporary resident, and he will live with you.
Lev 25:36 Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.
Lev 25:37 You will not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.
Lev 25:38 I am Yahveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.
a hand up and out
Keeping the poor from becoming poorer is better for everyone. Society itself suffers when the poor are left with no way to find relief. Debt destroys people from the inside out. Most people only see the outward, visible signs of poverty. But the feeling of hopelessness, the fear of being trapped forever with no way out, eats away at your life. The heart begins to suspect even the generous of wrong motives, leading to a general mistrust, and loss of joy. A soul who would never dream of hurting others suddenly begins to ask what can be done to get out — even thinking about wrong ways out.
God wanted his community to be a safe place, where the poor could get a hand up and out of their captivity, without losing their dignity. The new covenant community should be a safe place for that too.
LORD, help us to help the poor out of their poverty, because you are our God, who rescues the captives.