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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, February 12

Proverbs 19:17 relates in many ways to our Lord's teaching in Matthew 25:31-46.  Here, as in Proverbs, helping the poor is analogous to lending to God.  This is probably what Jesus has in mind in the Matthew text, saying, "As much as you did it for one of these, you did it for me."

"The least" are those who have found themselves in tragic circumstances beyond their control and through no fault of their own evil-doing.  They are the helpless and the hurting. To refuse or reject them in their time of need is to reject God as Jesus declares. The day when we all face God will be one based not only what we did with our own lives but with the lives of others. Social justice is crucial if we are to rightly proclaim the gospel.

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