The Bible is full of disses that straight make a mockery of certain peoples. There’s the time John the Baptist called Pharisees and Sadducees, “Brood of Vipers.” Then, the time Jesus, too, called them, ”Brood of Vipers.” Then, there is the time Nathan confronted David about his evil, making him diss his own self. Also, there is the time Elijah dissed the gods of Baal and its prophets. And then, there’s the time the Roman soldiers mocked Jesus. You can probably name even more tales where people made another person or group into a mockery and running joke, whether justified or not.
The greatest diss of all, in my opinion, comes out of Matthew 26 and John 12. Jesus said, in correcting Judas and possibly those thinking just like him, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” Considering that Jesus was crucified not much later, many would think He is referencing that, and you could be right, but I’ve found God always speaks from eternity, not in the moment. He has a way of articulating His words and commandments so that those in the moment can understand it, those in the future can read it and comprehend it, and those in the past are covered by it.
Jesus, the Son of God, said that humanity will always have poor people. He said it as fact and prophecy at the same time. How many years has the Earth not seen Jesus? Yet, how many years has there not been poor people? Shoot, I’m only a loss of employment away from being “poor”. I know plenty of people having it worse than me. It’s 2021 A.D., known to represent 2,021 years “After Death” or after Jesus died on the cross.
What did Jesus know about humanity then that we don’t even recognize now? He insulted us with the truth and we missed it. If someone looked at you and said, “Yo family always gone be poor,” wouldn’t that make you mad? Wouldn’t you feel disrespected? What if that person said it in front of your closest friends and family? “One, if not all of you will always be poor.” Wouldn’t you, and them, be furious!? Is that not a diss? Help me understand.
Jesus said, in a more extended, paraphrasing manner, that humanity is too dumb to create a system where no one is poor. Jesus said humanity is so selfish and greedy, there will always be the rich and the poor. Jesus said humanity is so lazy, it couldn’t even get off its butt long enough to not be poor. Jesus said humanity is so dumb, it will NEVER… figure out how to not have poor people. And here we are 2,021 years later still proving Him right.
How does God casually diss all of humanity, and we read past it and just accept it!? I’m not saying God was wrong, but can we not even try to prove Him wrong? Do we just accept that diss for what it is – the truth – and move on? It amazes me how most people read that and think He’s talking just to the disciples in that room. It’s hilarious how we don’t see that all of humanity was called to the carpet in that moment.
Even I read it as Jesus talking to those people in that room. But then I learned where poverty comes from; how governments have poor wealth distribution and poor supply distribution. I thought about how greedy people, which at times includes myself, always take more than they need and dump what they don’t use in the trash. I think about how certain homeless and poor people could easily get a job and not be poor anymore, but instead choose to spend their wealth on drugs, sex, and other useless endeavors. I think about the unchecked wage-gaps between men and women, and the rich and the poor. I think about wars, thieves, systematic oppression, and other faults in humanity that got us here. Oh snap, Jesus was right. We can’t pull it together long enough to not have the poor with us always. Even in the richest nations, poor people exist. My mind was blown. It is still blown with every added detail I learn about us and our world and how we operate in it.
It made me think of all the other prophecies God stated that are still true to this day. Look at 2nd Timothy 3:1-7:
You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
How much of this is true today!? What about what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10? Paul said these people are good enough to inherit the kingdom of God. What if that turns out to be the truth? How silly would we all look? So much of society today looks like what they said we’d be 2,021 years ago. Why didn’t anyone have the initiative to prove them wrong? They basically said we’d all grow up to be a bunch of filth, and we just proved them right. It’s so interesting.
“The poor you will have with you always,” will forever make me chuckle and shrug. You were right then, Jesus, and You’re still right today. Sometimes when you get read, you have to just accept your faults. What do you think is a great passage were someone got read for filth or mocked and made the butt of a joke? Let me know in the comments below. As with every other time you’ve read, I love you for reading this.
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