Richard Foster on Jesus Liberating the Oppressed

As I recently mentioned, I am currently reading through Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity. And I noted I would be posting quotes from the book on a somewhat regular basis. Here is the first quote in which Foster focuses in on the ministry of Jesus to liberate the oppressed.

In his manifesto on the poor, Jesus declares his intention to “set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). And as he went among people teaching and healing, he observed the many oppressions that bore down upon them…

Jesus also saw how people were crushed by the failure to obtain riches. In his day it was considered a mark of God’s displeasure to be poor. And those who had failed to receive the goods of this world could not help feeling that somehow God was against them…And Jesus perceived how bruised and trampled in spirit people were because they were poor and felt God was displeased with them. Repeatedly he opposed this false and destructive doctrine, showing instead that in the economy of God, the poor, the broken, the halt were special objects of his blessing and concern (Matt. 5:1-12). By word and deed he sought to lift the burden of the discouraged and disheartened.

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