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Contrary to popular belief but Jesus was not financially poor…

This was me just hashing out something and thought I would share.

Historical Context

In Matthew chapter 2 the Magi who were traveling to see Jesus were men of prestige and to some level of power. They would not travel just three guys by themselves with a small little tribute. These men would have their own entourage of guards and would not show up with some small chest of gold but would bring a lot. To bring a small amount would be an insult to them. There were probably about ten magi and up to about 100 guards. When King Herod saw the magi he would not have freaked out over three men with some little presents to some supposed newly born king. He would however freak out over seeing some magi with their huge presents and a lot of guards on their way to bring tribute to the newly born king.

Jesus’ family would have to have had enough money to finance a trip to Egypt at last minute in which Joseph would most likely not been able to find work right away or at all. Plus they would have to have been able to finance a trip back to Judea but when they were almost they went to Galilee which added more distance to travel thus requiring more money to travel. Jesus did work as a carpenter which shoes that he made money. Who knows how wealthy the family was to require him to work.

At the cross Jesus handed the right to watch over His mom to John. Now theoretically if Jesus was watching over Mary then where would Joseph be? Plus if Jesus was watching over His mom where did He get the money to take care of them? Were His four younger brothers doing that? This part is very much theory but what if Jesus had enough money to take care of His family during His three years of ministry as well.

Biblical Context

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. Luke 8:1-3

Jesus had women giving Him money

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” John 6:7

Two hundred denarii is A LOT of money equals a couple of thousand

He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. John 12:6

Judas who is in charge of holding onto the money for Jesus and the disciples is taking from it and no one seems to know about it at the time. First one does not need to have treasurer unless you have enough to hold onto. Second the fact that Judas was taking money without anyone knowing shows us that there must be enough for him to take and no one notice. In other words it is easier to take $5 from $100 than to take $5 from $10.

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did these things, John 19:23-24

Jesus’ garments were nice enough that the guards divided the garments showing they were worth taking plus the tunic was high quality(seamless) thus showing Jesus could somehow afford nice clothes.

Jesus had enough money to finance 3 yrs of ministry for 13 men.