This week's passage focuses on the need to help the poor--a common admonition in the Old Testament. Note: the gate is the place where disputes between litigants were decided.
Do not rob the poor because they are poor,This is pretty threatening.
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
for the Lord pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them(22-23)
As we arrange our lives, do we consider the statements presented as facts in verses 8-9?
Whoever serves injustice will reap calamity,A couple of years ago, the UMC published four area of focus: global health, ministry with the poor, leadership development, and church growth and development.
and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor
When we consider the lectionary texts this week, we need to study and reflect on (even practice) the Guiding Principles to Ministry with the Poor