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Paul is very likely using a metaphor here. The word "rich" is often used in scripture without referring to earthly "wealth." Consider Christ's divinity. Prior to coming to Earth, he was godly, with power and majesty ("though he was rich"). He came to Earth as the Son of God to a family in humble circumstances ("yet for your ...


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When was Jesus rich (2 Cor. 8:9)? Answer: It is unlikely Jesus was ever wealthy. There was probably never a time that Jesus had any earthly wealth. In fact, if anything, He relates His circumstances during His ministry: Matthew 8:20: Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His ...


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Jesus continuously said things that got to the heart of the matter. This example is no different. In your quote from Matthew we see a young man that wants to know what good thing he must do to get eternal life. Eventually, Jesus says what you have quoted. What the man then does and what Jesus says immediately after revels what Jesus meant. 22 When the ...


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I agree that Matthew 8:20 suggests that Jesus did not possess great success in the way the world measures it. The Gospel of Matthew does not tell us the fate of the gifts of the Magi [1]. Matthew does, however, offer a hint that I believe offers the best case for answering the OP's question without appealing to hypotheticals: the trip to Egypt. I suggest the ...


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Leviticus 12: 7b “ ‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. 8 But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’ ” Jesus' parents couldn't afford a lamb. ...


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We are told very little about the economic circumstances of either Jesus life or Joseph's. However, there are a few little gems that are helpful: Mary and Joseph were definitely poor at the time of Jesus' birth as the OP correctly points out (Luke 2:24) The family was given very expensive gifts from the magi (Matt 2:11) with which they presumably financed (...


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"That you, by his poverty, might become rich" The clue is in the words, "that you, by his poverty, might become rich." By what kind of poverty of Jesus were Christians made rich? By His physical poorness were we made millioniares? No, rather, by His poorness of spirit — His humility — (Matthew 5:3) we were made rich in spirit: Revelation ...


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Possible Parallels A number of commentators seem to consider the possibility that Luke deduces parallels between the two events. Among those who see some link are Bruce (NICNT), Longnecker (EBC), Polhill (NAC), and Witherington (SRC). F.F. Bruce writes: The story of Ananias is to the book of Acts what the story of Achan is to the book of Joshua. In both ...


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Jesus was born under the law to fulfill the law (Gal. 4:4-5)… He was bound to it in His life and to rebel against it would be to sin. Also note that the point of these versus when read in context was not to promote tithing, but to promote matters of the heart and show hypocrisy on the parts of the Pharisees. When read aloud and in context no-one will point ...


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It seems likely that Jacob would have given the tithe to God as a burnt offering. In the modern world, we are accustomed to thinking of tithes in terms of currency, but in the ancient Near East, the tithe came from the produce of the land: You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the LORD your God, in the ...


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The Hebrew word that's translated as ring/earring is נֶזֶם (Nezem). It can mean either ring, earring, nose ring, or generic ornament. I believe that the last translations translations are more correct, since there are places like Exodus 35:22 where נֶזֶם and טַבַּעַת (ring worn on a finger) are used in a single verse. It seems that these nose/ear rings are ...


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I wrote a letter to a friend once that may better shed light on the subject: According to scripture Jesus makes use of the words tithe, or tithing, only 3 times (Mat. 23:23, Luk. 11:42, and Luk. 18:12). It is of interesting note that on all three occasions Jesus actually cursed the tithe payer. In fact in all three instances He downgrades the importance of ...


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Here rich means divine, and poor means human. According to the orthodox study bible, 8:9 What was Christ's poverty? He emptied Himself (Php 2:5--8) of His heavenly glory to join our humanity to His divinity, and to suffer and die on our behalf. He did not owe this to us, but did so by His grace, that we might become rich in His salvation. But why is rich =...


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Clarifications The passage is not primarily referring to dedicating "oneself" (per the quote by Matthew Henry in the OPs original question), and so the musing why not just donate the money or equivalent to begin with instead of vowing oneself and then redeeming oneself is not primarily relevant (but more on that in a moment). Verse 2 makes this clear:...


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This is a question about Hebrew idiom and translation. There is no Grand Theological Revelation in this expression. The first step in understanding the expression is to understand that in Hebrew, the concepts of acquisition, contract, and payment are separate, with different words for each. This is unlike English which conflates the three concepts into one, ...


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Paul speaks of the poor quite a lot in his writings, showing that he had a heart for those considered poor (materially). He also had a tremendous burden for those who were spiritually impoverished, both in the Christian Church and outside of it, and most of his writings are concerned about the latter. However, here are some verses that show what he did ...


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This verb occurs four times in the New Testament: Rom. 1:10, εὐοδωθήσομαι, future passive indicative, 1st person singular 1 Cor. 16:2, εὐοδῶται, present middle-passive subjunctive, 3rd person singular 3 John 1:2, εὐοδοῦσθαι, present middle-passive infinitive 3 John 1:2, εὐοδοῦταί, present middle-passive indicative, 3rd person singular Verbrugge & Krell ...


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Short Answer: Jesus was not asking the man to do something He had never done; rather, He was asking the man to follow in His footsteps. He was asking the man to lay down his life in love for others ...just like Jesus. While I appreciate the typical Christian answer of "Jesus was addressing his personal idol" I lean toward another explanation based on the ...


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Proverbs 14: 20The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 31Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. The context and the parallelisms show that poor means financially poor. The same word appears in Exodus 30:15 The rich are not to give more than a half ...


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Paul asked the Corinthians to give in 2 Corinthians 8: 10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12For if the ...


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It wasn't Hezekiah directly, it was Manasseh. 2Kings21:10-12, 'The Lord spoke, 'because of Manasseh, I am bringing calamity on Israel.'' I feel that showing off his material goods got Babylon interested in them later. He did misstep by thinking of them as his, as opposed to him being a caretaker of Israel's things. And 'God's word is good because the ...


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fredsbend's answer is a great answer, but let me ask you ,Jack Douglas, why would you think Jesus would be answering a specific person's particular question for the purpose of conveying a general lesson everyone should follow? A man approached Jesus with a deep need. That need was founded on his realization that Jesus was someone close to God, a Teacher, ...


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The response from Elika was most helpful. You must assume communal living during that Levitical period. In transferring the cost to American dollars today I would suggest discussing it with a beef farmer raising 100 or more head. Initially you can find a young female beef cow at a fair for around $200. Bulls are more expensive (maybe like $300). Assuming ...


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In the Massoretic Text (MT) on which most of the translations are primarily based, these two verses contains ambiguities that challenge translators. In the MT these verses are Exodus 13-14: וְכִֽי־יִשְׁאַ֥ל אִ֛ישׁ מֵעִ֥ם רֵעֵ֖הוּ וְנִשְׁבַּ֣ר אוֹ־מֵ֑ת בְּעָלָ֥יו אֵין־עִמּ֖וֹ שַׁלֵּ֥ם יְשַׁלֵּֽם אִם־בְּעָלָ֥יו עִמּ֖וֹ לֹ֣א יְשַׁלֵּ֑ם אִם־שָׂכִ֣יר ה֔וּא בָּ֖א ...


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I think the sense here is that both heaven and earth belong to God; as God, Jesus owned everything, but limited himself to a human life of poverty. In Psalm 50:10-12, God says the earth belongs to him (including herds, which was the principal sign of wealth at the time): For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the ...


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The perfume was worth quite a bit more than 30 pieces of silver (assuming Judas' appraisal of its value was in the right ballpark). We aren't told what type of silver coin was used to pay Judas - let's consider 4 options: A day's wages were roughly 1 drachma (~4.3 grams of silver) Tyrian shekel: 14 grams = 3.26 day's wages. Multiplied by 30 shekels = 98 day'...


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This is how NIV shows the poetic structure: Line 1: who lends money to the poor without interest; Line 2: who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Line 3: Whoever does these things Line 4: will never be shaken. The first two lines form a synonymous parallelism. The 2nd line repeats the same idea in the 1st line. You can rearrange the order of ...


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I am not sure if this is the case for this Question but often the question, "When was Jesus rich?" tacitly interprets the phrase "although he was rich" (2 Cor 8:9) through these verses at Philippians ... [Jesus] though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by ...


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The Lord Jesus Christ was rich during his preincarnate existence when he shared glory with his Father before the world existed. John 17:5 “And now You, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world existed.”New American Standard Bible. La Habra: Foundation Publications, 2020. If the Lord Jesus Christ is ...


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With great hesitation do I respond to this question. It appears, in true fallen carnal fashion we so quickly spend the gifts God sanctified for Himself. Was Jesus rich? By Jesus we assume Jesus incarnate. This question itself must be qualified even further, to, WHEN was Jesus rich, if ever? Was He rich at His birth? No Was He rich after the Magi visited? ...


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