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Three great practices in Jewish Faith.
Jesus talks about “Acts of Righteousness”
We’re going to deal with the first.
IntroIt’s really appropriate to deal with this passage today…
The reality of poverty
The poor will always be with us.
The concept of generosity.
Connected to piety.
- Be discreet
- Give in secret
- Leave the rewards to God
- Don’t draw attention (trumpet)
- Don’t impress other Christians (synagogue)
- Don’t do it on the narrow street (Neighbours)
Their reward in full – they get public recognition, but that is all.
Give in secret
-Left hand – right hand : don’t even pat yourself on the back.
-Avoid all temptation to be recognised or acknowledged
-Motive: the person in need or your “feel good”
ConclusionAll the beggars and all the stories…
Bottom line: Give.