#TheBibleAndEconomy – 7 Biblical Reasons Why Jesus Was Not Poor

7 Biblical Reasons Why Jesus Was Not Poor

Jesus is the believers example to be followed. There is a traditional belief that Jesus led a poverty-stricken, barely-surviving lifestyle. But the Bible was filled with examples that Jesus lived a pretty comfortable life. And I was really excited when I found this piece and realized there are other people who share my sentiment in a constructive manner.

I think it’s fascinating that Jesus was given a trust fund as a little child – Wise Men came from the East and gave gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Throughout His ministry, He was always invited to rich banquets and took prominent seats. He taught on Giving and Paying Tax, by example. His ministry was funded by committed followers. He hired a treasurer who handled and stole from the money bag. And while he was being crucified, it was discovered that he wore a custom made garment that did not have seam!!! John 19:23 reads “This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom”. The Roman soldiers could not divide it for it was high quality, hence they cast a lot for a lucky winner to have it because they hated to cut it. That doesn’t sound like a poverty-stricken man.

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments. Source: TraditionalCatholic.net | Prayers | Stations of the Cross

2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

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Reason #1 – A poor man’s wisdom is despised

As Jesus came on the scene at the beginning of his ministry, his words were unlike the teachers of his day, because most of the teaching of the Scribes and Pharisees was hypocritical in nature. Jesus taught as one that had authority and power until he could gain the attention of thousands of people without flyers or microphones. His audiences were so spellbound at his words that even his critics had to show up to see what was going on. The wisdom that flowed from his mouth gained the attention of his listeners in the sermon on the mount in Matt. chapter 5. Again crowds thronged him at the lake of Gennesaret in Luke chapter 5. Jesus needed to borrow Peters boat and thrust out a little from the land to keep a mob from thronging him. All of this popularity contradicts the attention that a crazy poor person would attract. The Bible revealed in books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes how that a poor mans wisdom is despised. This means a poor person may have something of importance to say, but because he or she has nothing to show for it, their wisdom is not listened to. People have a tendency to listen to those who have something to show for it.

Reason # 2 – Jesus was given a trust fund as a baby

Jesus was given Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh as a Little Child

Matthew 2:11 shows why Jesus was not poor , because as a baby he had treasures opened unto him and was given Gold Frankincense and Myrrh. Tradition shows that there were three wise men, but that is not true because the bible says “wise men”, this could be from two at the least to an unlimited number of wise men all presenting to Jesus their treasures. The wise men traveled from  one country come to another country to visit a new born king, what kind of gifts would they bring?  These men were bringing gifts to a king in their mind and not just gifts for a baby shower.  These were no little nothing gifts of insignificant value.  These were great gifts fit for royalty in large enough quantities so they would not offend the king or the family of the king.

Tradition also says the wise men came into the stable, when in Matthew 2:11 the bible says “and when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother..”(KJV). The poor Jesus theory says Jesus did not have a home but had to remain in the stable, when in fact they were in a house some two years later because he was no longer a newborn babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, but Matthew 2:11 says “young child”. The only reason Jesus was born in the stable was because there was no room in the inn, not because Mary and Joseph did not have any money; they went to buy a room, but there was no more room in the inn.

Reason # 3 – Jesus had women as well as others to fund his ministry (Luke 8:3)

In Luke 8 certain women supported the ministry of Jesus, and certain women which had been healed of evil spirits of infirmities, Mary called Magdalene out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Suzanna, and many others which ministered unto him of their substance. These people supported Jesus because they were grateful for what he had done for them. Jesus did not charge for his divine services for he says freely you have received so freely give, but neither did he refuse support because he knew that his ministry would not only be blessed, but the giver would also receive back again for what they had given (Luke 6:38).

Reason # 4 – Jesus had a treasurer named Judas (John 12:6 – John 13:29)

Jesus hired Judas and gave him the Money Bag. Source: Lance Wallnau

Any big organization in todays times will have a treasurer; there would be no need to have one if all the organization had was $3.54. Not only did Jesus have big money, but he had to have enough to continue to replenish what was being stolen out of it because his treasurer Judas was a thief and the disciples had no idea that money was being taken. Jesus had a thief as treasurer which makes it even more of a reason why he was not poor.

Reason # 5 – Jesus paid his taxes as well as Peter’s 

Jesus Talking To Others, Holding A Coin

Tax collectors in Jesus day were disliked because many times they would become rich by cheating the tax payers. In Luke 19 there was a tax collector named Zaccheus who went through great extremes to see Jesus. Because he was short of stature he climbed up into a tree to see Jesus, but Jesus told him to come down because he must abide at his house. Jesus changed the tax collectors life and he pledged to restore 4 fold to any that he had cheated. It was these type of transactions in Jesus day that caused many of the people to despise the tax collectors, but when Peter was approached and asked did his master pay tribute…Peter answered with a convincing yes. If Jesus never paid his taxes then Peter would have hesitated and tried to get away from the question. So Jesus was a tax payer. He also said to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars, and unto God the things that are God’s.

Reason #6 – Jesus was not poor because the favor of God was on his life (Luke 2:52)

Favor is more than money, in fact favor can take one where money cannot and it was this ability that was on his life. Favor allowed the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish which multiplied and fed 5000 men. Money would not have helped because they were in a desert place. Money was not needed when Jesus told Peter where to throw his nets again (Luke 5). He caught two boat loads of fish without money. And when money was needed, he could get it from any fish’s mouth!!

Reason #7 – Jesus was not poor because he was at his place of assignment

There is always provision from God when we are in the place he sends us (Luke 22:35) finds the Disciples provided for when they were where Jesus sent them.

Jesus was not poor because he was obedient to the Father, Deuteronomy. 28 says if thou will hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God…all these blessings shall come on thee…(for the list of blessings read Deuteronomy. 28

Jesus was not poor because he was a giver and the blessing of a giver can be found in Luke 6:38

Jesus was not poor because the earth belongs to him anyway, the bible says that the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof and they that dwell therein

Further Reading

Did Jesus Set Example of Poverty for Us to Follow?

Money and Christianity

All scriptures, unless otherwise stated, are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible

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2 thoughts on “#TheBibleAndEconomy – 7 Biblical Reasons Why Jesus Was Not Poor

    • Thanks for your perspective. Yeah,, I agree. I just decided to challenge the belief that Jesus led a poverty-stricken life while He was here on earth. Perhaps He wasn’t the richest guy, He wasn’t a pauper either.

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