Daily D – Exodus 22:22-24
Exodus 22:22-24 “You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.” (NLT)
Whose side are you on? If your side does not include widows and orphans, you are in deep peril. How we treat the most vulnerable among us is a sign to the whole world about our character.
Again and again in the pages of the Bible, we see God protecting the most vulnerable. Again and again, we receive instructions to join him in this compassionate care. Again and again, we hear God’s warnings to those who do not care for the most vulnerable.
God says, “If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword.” It is wise not to kindle God’s blazing anger against you.
Let’s step one step further: Not exploiting the most vulnerable is half of the story. The other half is joining God in helping them with what they need. The vast majority of people would never choose to harm the most vulnerable. However, neither do they practice any kind of generosity to improve the plight of the most vulnerable.
What one thing can you do or give regularly to protect, defend, and provide for the most vulnerable?
If you ever wanted assurance you are doing God’s will, here is a surefire pathway to that end.
I will serve the most vulnerable among us.
Our Father, you have blessed us to be a blessing. Show us how we can live fruitfully and effectively by joining you in protecting, defending, and providing for those who are most vulnerable. Thank you for the high privilege of joining you in this work. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.