Special Relief Giving: Romans 15:26-29
“26) For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27) Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28) Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 29) I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.” Romans‬ ‭15:26-29‬
Paul now devotes attention to the financial gift collected by the Gentile Christians scattered across Macedonia and Achaia for the suffering Jewish Christians back in Jerusalem. This gives us a peak into the giving philosophy of the early church. They supported one another with financial means when necessary.
Because of mounting persecution, the Jewish Christians were suffering tragic loss. Some were publicly humiliated. Others had their homes and properties seized. They were very difficult times.(See Hebrews 10:33-34). 2 Corinthians 8-9 gives additional background to this special gift.
The whole concept of humanitarian support and relief giving was important to the early church. They took care of one another during times of persecution, famine, natural disasters and plagues. It was a way to show love and compassion while paving the way for the gospel.
This is one area that the Modern church has ample opportunity to step up and have a huge impact. Needs abound around the world.
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Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global