August 31, 2022

Proverbs 31:v8-9 — defend the rights of the poor and needy

In the final chapter of the Proverbs, the author is no longer Solomon, but rather King Lemuel and the chapter opens up with advice for Kings, that could certainly be applicable to any kind of a ruler, be it a head of state, a manager, a pastor or a head of the household.  

Pro 31:8  Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Pro 31:9  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy

With that language used “open your mouth” God’s Word is calling for leaders make their voices heard on behalf of those who can’t speak up for themselves, whether they are literally mute or poor and don’t have the means to plead their own case.  In other words, don’t only pay attention to those who sit first class, remember everyone, especially those who are poor or can’t plead their own cases.  

Jesus was a huge advocate for the poor and needy, and we remember back then there were no welfare programs to help people out, if you were poor, you were likely starving, there was not much in the way of modern medicine, but Jesus focused a lot of his ministry on helping these types of folks out, whether it was poor in health, like the blind man, or poor in stature like the woman at the well.  Christ ministered to these people, He did not forget about them, and like Lemuel says in our Proverbs, we too should remember the have-nots.  didn’t forget about the needy and neither should we! 

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