May 22 2020: Proverbs 22:2
The rich and the poor have this in common:
the Lord is the maker of them all.
Once again I want to focus on a single verse, here from Proverbs 22. This is such a profoundly foundational understanding of both humanity and of God. In scripture, the distinction of rich and poor is common; so much so that in this case rich/poor can be representative of any two opposite groups - groups that are separate at almost every level.
The set up is complete - we have now considered the opposing groups, or, to put it another way, 'someone who is least like me.'
What is to be said of these (or any) opposing groups of humanity - what is the commonality? It is this: The LORD God made them all. In other words - all are created in the image of God; all hold the DNA of the divine.
Such simple, simple words - but a depth of truth that we still have not grasped. Why is it that we have such difficulty with this?
God created all people in God's image and are therefore to be treated with dignity and respect. God shows no partiality; all stand equal before God, in need of grace and mercy. This is the reconciling work of the gospel.
What about you?