The Most High in Defense of The Most Low

(UPDATE April 23, 2016) It took from 1990 to 2006 to finally write about this and finally put it into blog form in 2012. And this year, I actually included this as one of my chapters in my new Kindle e-book, Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight God has shown us many times in Scriptures, what the turning point is in nations before He intervenes on a national or even worldwide scale. In the Scriptures, He dealt with His chosen people, as well as "non-believer" nations around Israel, as well. Now we are left with not just the known world then, but the whole earth. The following is a look at what the world is up to now, and how it relates to what God is against, and historically, always dealt with because we are now doing the same, few things, that God considers "the last straw."

The Most High in Defense of The Most Low

By: Michael D. Tobin June 29, 2012

In the book of Exodus ch 23 God gives us the "laws of human relations", or even, common decency. In Psalm ch 12, King David pleads for help to God, and God responds that He will "arise", ultimately, because of THE POOR. In Ecclesiastes 5:8, King Solomon admonishes to not be distressed at perverting of justice and judgement and the mis-treatment of the poor, because there are higher avenues for the weak and helpless to receive justice, and ultimately, GOD will order justice and judgement, which we all ought to see as heartening news and encouragement.
Further on, in the books of Daniel ch 4, Isaiah ch 25, and Jeremiah ch 22, we will see how God has diminished kingdoms, both Hebrew, AND idolatrous worshiping kingdoms; NOT for idolatry, but rather, for oppression of the poor. Sure, God avenges his elect, as well as punishes His elect for idolatry and fornication with other nations, and taking on un-Godly lifestyles, ways, and laws. But ultimately, in just three instances of many from the Bible, I will show you the tough consequences of simply over-running the helpless, non-conformist, "street people", "bums", those on "skid row". But God does not see them as that way, yet He also shows that there is also wisdom to be used that may surprise you. I will also begin by giving the two main definitions of "poor", one of which will surprise you. Both definitions are conveniently located in Exodus Ch 23: 3, 6,7b. New Living Translation: (3) "...and do not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor. (6&7b) Do not twist justice against people simply because they are poor. Keep far away from falsely charging anyone with evil. Isn't it wonderful God gives us two contrasts and trusts that we can use our "own discretion" to see the difference between what is the "intent" of a matter? Our wonderful lawyers know about the "intent" of the "law". Now, for reference, here are the definitions of poor, found in the Strong's Concordance. Poor, from Ex 23:3 Strong's Concordance: Hebrew def.: dal- weak, thin, lean, or needy (Don't slant your testimony in favor of a person just because the person is poor. Poor from Ex 23:6 Hebrew def.: ebyown- in the sense of want, especially in feeling, destitute, beggar, needy, poor. From root word, Hebrew: abah; to be acquiescent, willing, such as being content, agreeable, or passive. This is the def. that amazes, because the Hebrews can use one word and tell the whole story of what leads to the meaning of this word. Here we see that passivity, weak-willed, and simply to be content with lesser circumstances will lead a person to poverty. But wait! God doesn't think we should punish a person because of that. He wants us to realize that what led to the passivity, quiet acceptance of less than good circumstances is rooted in many other things. One may be mentally ill, up to their ears in debt, family destruction, loss of work due to lay-off or sudden illness. We don't know who people are and what their circumstances may be. There is no reward for helping the poor, and yet God says to help. That, my friend, is reward enough; just to be able to do what is good. We need to be so geared to doing that which is right that it is second nature to us. And those who have that as a second nature, are those who Jesus refers to as being at His right hand, who didn't even remember helping Jesus as poor, in prison, hungry, and naked. I have shown what is God's heart and expectations for the wealthy or "well-off" toward the poor. Now, let's see how God can allow a kingdom to exist for decades and even hundreds of years, but the final downfall of kingdoms and kings are not all of the underlying atrocities, and abominations, but rather, the final straw is oppression of the poor. Here is King David, Israels second King, the first of only a few "good" kings. He is crying for help and here is how God answers. And not because of his issues, which are all of our issues, but rather for GOD'S "issue'. Psalm 12:1-5 Help, Lord; for the Godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men...the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things. Who have said, ... who is lord over us? For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. You see, we like to say, put up or shut up. I can bet my britches that God puts up, and never has to shut up. I will add this, too; With every judgement God has pronounced against a kingdom or ruler, God has made a way out by someone such as a prophet or man or woman of God, or simply by the law of God that has already been written on their heart. O man, thou art without excuse!
Following here, are three examples taken from Daniel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. The children of Israel are in captivity, and living in the land of the Chaldeans (Iran today), and in Babylon (Iraq today). This kingdom was the rule of the whole civilized world, then, including Egypt. They are under the captivity of the first captor king, Nebuchadnezzar, when the king had a vision. He had asked Daniel, who was one of the top rulers of the Government because of his excellent spirit in him that the king loved. Daniel interpreted the kings vision as follows: Daniel 4:24-30 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times (yrs) shall pass over thee, til thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will. ... wherefore, O king, let my council be acceptable to thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor, if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility. All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, is not this the great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of MY power, and for the honour of MY majesty? While the word was in the kings mouth, there fell a voice from Heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken, the kingdom is departed from thee.
In the following verses, God even continues speaking the very same words that Daniel had interpreted, just to let Nebuchadnezzar know that He hadn't forgotten.
So we see that Daniel had graciously told the king that he is a sinner, and that God is gracious and may even stay His hand of judgement, providing that Nebuchadnezzar simply take on a new policy: to show mercy to the poor, and repent of his sins. Well, I am suggesting that Nebuchadnezzar approved the new legislation of mercy to the poor, and it worked. God laid off of him for a year. Then he came in and got puffed up and just let it all out. Can you see what happened? It must have been a twelve-month itch he just HAD to scratch. Then what followed was a seven year punishment that came from one outburst of pride. That's all it takes, friends. We are simply without excuse. What the main point is here, is that we are not to rip everything from the helpless. We are not to allow their homes to be taken by imminent domain, simply because they are ignorant of the law, or without finances or a legal plan at their disposal. We are not to allow the poor to be made into slaves simply because they have nowhere else to go. I know of a ministry filled with ex everything you can imagine, and including street panhandlers, street people, homeless, and hobos, whatever you want to call them. We must keep praying for them but also not support their vices. God will help those who seek Him. We can only continue pleading with them to seek God, while God continues to plead with us to do the same.In Isaiah 25:3,4, God is praised for doing what no other has the heart to do. Somehow I see that Isaiah's days were just like our days, where we still can not fathom helping the helpless, whom we call lazy. The few lazy ones can not ruin it for the truly needy. Use wisdom. God has shown us in above scriptures that He does give allowance for wisdom. Isaiah 25:3,4 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Time after time, our greatest argument in favor of God in the scriptures is His show of kindness, protection, and mercy to the poor. Truly there is none like God! I think our citizens deserve an A+ for responding to Hurricane Katrina victims of 2005. However, our government seems more occupied with war than with with rebuilding our own people.In conclusion here is Jeremiahs record of God's judgement for neglecting the poor. And I will conclude with Jesus' encouragement for us to do perfect religion. Not man's religion. Jeremiah 22:15-19 shows us the death notice on a good kings son, who is the current king of Israel. Jer. 22:15-19 "... Did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgement and justice, and then it was well with him? He judged the cause of the poor and needy; THEN it was well with him: was not this TO KNOW ME? saith the Lord. ... Therefore, thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord!, Ah his glory! He shall be buried with the buriel of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
Do you want to know HIM? Feel God's heart and see that it is not hard to know Him. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Deuteronomy 5:29. God says, O that there were such an heart in them that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Jesus said in Matthew 11:11, Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist, NOTWITHSTANDING he that is LEAST in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. Is Jesus awesome? How difficult is it to hear Jesus say one thing and then listen to a seemingly contradiction, and yet believe they are both absolute truth without contradiction? Mind you, many disciples left Jesus and only twelve remained when Jesus spoke about Himself being the bread, and one must drink of His blood. They knew very well that Jesus ws not speaking of cannibalism. They simply believed that Gods' sent Messiah ought to speak with a plain tongue. No no no! God is not a lackadaisicle collegiate party animal slacker who speaks the slang of the streets! God is much too holy to lower the standards of communication. Our souls are much too priceless and valuable for us to demand careless communication. God wants us to understand completely what we are able to understand while we are yet in our mortal bodies. It is a blessing to be able to learn what He is gracious enough to teach us. We should at least give God acknowledgement and full attention of our intellect and be sober and vigilent for the moments He communicates with us. God makes the demands, and we obey. Otherwise it is chaos.
Now then, Jesus will say when we all meet Him for judgement these words: Matthew 25:34-40, Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? ... When? ... When? ... When? ... And the king shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto ONE of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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