When the Brethren Need

Thursday, August 4, 2016

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:15,16 KJV).

How can Israel’s Scripture during the seven-year Tribulation help us understand how to serve our Christian brethren?

We should help other Christians as often as possible. Remember, Christ lived His earthly life serving others (Philippians 2:3-8). He did not live selfishly, demanding others serve Him. Matthew 20:28 declares, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The Lord Jesus told His Father, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). Christ came firstly to save the nation Israel, His covenant people, from their sins (Matthew 1:21). From Paul’s epistles, we learn that not only did Jesus’ crosswork apply to Israel, but that it is now available to all people by grace through faith without works (1 Timothy 2:4-7).

Believing Israelites living during the (future) seven-year Tribulation are exhorted to help their fellow Messianic Jews (today’s Scripture). When they see them suffering privation—no food, shelter, or clothes—they should be considerate and support them in their time of great need. After all, their attitude towards God’s people is their attitude toward God. What would they do if Jesus Himself stood at their door hungry, wearing rags, and homeless?

Sadly, there is far too much selfish living today—even among professing Christians! They live only for self and only for the here and now. They are not being taught any sound Bible doctrine so they have no reason to act in accordance with it. They need to heed Galatians 6:8-10: “[8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.