He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. Proverbs 14:31
It is a wise person that seeks to never insult, mock, or curse God. For those that do, there is mercy if they repent but if not, they have sealed their fate. The poor referred to here are at poverty level but also poor in spirit. To oppress the poor is to make things worse for them; to put into slavery because of their condition with promises of a better life with no intention of doing so. Also, to defraud them out of what they already have by making them poorer, thus making them dependent upon the oppressor. No matter where you are, there are poor people there. Some are poor by no reason they have caused but others because they won’t work. Hard times fall on the greater majority of people all over the globe. Some never recover and are forced to have their needs met by others that care for them. Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes, but we can’t provide for everyone; most likely we can help some. All of us may end up in the bread and soup line; we just don’t know the future therefore, be there for those that are in the bread and soup line now. By helping the poor, God is pleased but, by oppressing the poor, God takes note. Those that honor God have mercy on the poor.
How poor were you when Christ saved your soul? You were so poor that the Pharisees would not even look at you. But then there came a Christian that honors God and presented to you the Bread and Water of life. You ate and did drink and your spirit was born again and now you are not poor for you are a child of God who owns it all. Do we honor God enough to share the spiritual Bread and Water with other poor souls? Or do we just keep it to ourselves and let the spiritual dead find their own way? Dead men cannot help themselves. Does this mean that we are oppressing the poor? Are we reproaching God? Have we become Pharisees in our hearts by being stingy with our spiritual wealth? Hear what the poor say – I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. (Psalm 142:4) The spiritually poor have no rest for their soul but Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29) We are our brother’s keeper.