Remember the poor (Gal. 2:10)

“They asked only one thing.

We should remember

The poor.

I actually was very eager

To do that.”

μόνον τῶν πτωχῶν ἵνα μνημονεύωμεν, ὃ καὶ ἐσπούδασα αὐτὸ τοῦτο ποιῆσαι.

Paul said, “They asked only one thing, that we should remember the poor (μόνον τῶν πτωχῶν ἵνα μνημονεύωμεν).  I actually was very eager (ὃ καὶ ἐσπούδασα) to do that (αὐτὸ τοῦτο ποιῆσαι).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐσπούδασα, that means to make haste, to give diligence, eager, or zealous.  Thus, Paul was careful to take up collections for the poor Jerusalem Jewish Christians in Asia Minor and Greece.  As Paul indicated, he was eager or zealous to help the poor Jewish Christians in Judea.  There was no mention of a paper document letter as in Acts, chapter 15, 22-35, only that they carry on the Jewish tradition of caring for the poor, especially those in Judea, the poor Jewish Christians.  The results were the same as in Acts.  Paul was able to have gentiles become Christians without any circumcision.  This was a big win for Paul and the gentiles, against some of the Jewish Christians who wanted the gentiles to be circumcised like them.  Do you remember the poor?

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