No Needy

Acts 4:34-35

For there was no needy person among them, since any who possessed lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sale, and placed it at the feet of the apostles, who then gave to each according to their need.

Here we have an allusion to Deuteronomy 15:4: When the Lord blesses you in your land, there will be no needy person among you. Deut 15:5 states the condition for this blessing: When you obey the voice of the Lord your God to keep all these commandments that I have commanded you this day. The commandments in question had to do with the sharing of possessions (Deut 15:1-18).

So we have here a physical practical side as well as a mystical aspect of having no needy among us.

Tangibly, Yahweh Yireh, the God who provides, has graciously provided plenty for all 7 billion of us on planet earth. All we need to do is share with those who are truly in need. I say “truly” in need, because I don’t feel the guy who is four months behind on his mortgage due to the recently purchased RV, hot tub, motorcycle, and gun collection is truly in need of our sharing of possessions. He is definitely in need, but of a different kind.

Mystically speaking, once we have met the Messiah, and have been transformed from the inside out, we lose our kung fu-like grip on our possessions, and easily release what we “have” to those in front of us  (and even far away) in true and dire need–especially within the family of the church.

With a heart for God, this will not be difficult, but natural…supernatural you could say, because we now have the actual Life of God flowing through our souls.

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