“Making Room For The Poor” Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Mark 14:7

“Making Room For The Poor” Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Mark 14:7

Interact Questions

  1. How do you typically define being “poor?” Is there a concrete measurement, or is it always relative?
  2. How does your definition affect the way you see yourself and others?
  3. What is the context of Deuteronomy 15?
  4. Read verse 9. What motivation is it warning against?
  5. Verse 10 is sometimes used by “prosperity gospel” teachers to show how giving to the poor will result in financial blessing to you. Is that what this verse is saying?
  6. Deuteronomy 15:11 and Mark 14:7 are very similar. How are they different?
  7. What can you do this week to further develop a greater sensitivity toward the poor? What practical actions can you take to help them?

Children’s Questions

  1. What does it mean to be poor?
  2. In Deuteronomy 15:7, we are told not to be “hardhearted” or “tightfisted” toward poor people. What does this mean?
  3. Verse 8 says we should be “open handed.” What does this mean?
  4. What does verse 10 say will happen if you give to someone who is poor?
  5. What does Mark 14:7 say about poor people? What does it say you should do?


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