IS POVERTY BAD ?

1 Sam 2:7 The Lord brings poverty and gives wealth; He humbles and He exalts.
1 Sam 2:7   The Lord brings poverty and gives wealth; He humbles and He exalts.

“They did not know that the Nazareth family was practically penniless.”

[After Joseph died when Jesus was 14]
“For four years their standard of living had steadily declined; year by year they felt the pinch of increasing poverty. By the close of this year they faced one of the most difficult experiences of all their uphill struggles.”

His social life, was not wholly neglected. He had many warm friends and stanch admirers among both the young men and the young women of Nazareth.  127:3.10

In September, Elizabeth and John came to visit the Nazareth family. John [the Baptist], having lost his father, intended to return to the Judean hills to engage in agriculture and sheep raising unless Jesus advised him to remain in Nazareth to take up carpentry or some other line of work. They did not know that the Nazareth family was practically penniless. The more Mary and Elizabeth talked about their sons, the more they became convinced that it would be good for the two young men to work together and see more of each other.  127:3.11

Jesus and John [the Baptist] had many talks together; and they talked over some very intimate and personal matters. When they had finished this visit, they decided not again to see each other until they should meet in their public service after “the heavenly Father should call