You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan,
This so encouraged me today!
God has a heart for orphans, widows and aliens. This is stated over and over in the Old Testament. He gave laws for Israel to take special care of them. They need an advocate. They need protection. They need help! When I was caring for Mumsy, God reminded me of his love for widows and urged me on in my special care for her. That God and I were caring for the same things was a blessing to me. Now I look back, overwhelmed with joy, that I was allowed to be part of such a great ministry. It didn't always look like a great ministry when we were exhausted, or pleading her cause for this or that, or changing her dirty pants. But that was the greatest ministry of my life.
Why did God have to give these instructions? Wouldn’t people just care for orphans and widows and aliens. Nope. These are the abandoned, the forgotten and the unloved people. But God loves them! I want to love who and what God loves!
I realized this past week (as I prepare to speak about caring for an aging parent) that in so many of these verses of God’s love for the widow, he includes the alien. While caring for Mumsy, God brought this wonderful group of refugees to us! I marvel at the whole thing!
Twice in these short verses God says,
“But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt,
and that the LORD your God redeemed you from there;
therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.”
We need to remember that we were slaves to sin, and aliens from the promises of God, but He redeemed us. He bought us by the blood of the Lord Jesus. Thinking about our own abandoned status or our own alien status, we care for others.
“When John Newton was born again, he printed verse 22 in large letters and hung it over his mantlepiece, where he would be constantly reminded of it.”
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt;
therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.
Remember! Remember! Now, do!
Go be a blessing to someone today!
It reminds me of a song. But then, pretty much anything reminds me of a song!
Out in the highways and byways of life,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!