Meditation

11/22/2021

Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless yo in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. Remember that yo were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.” (Deuteronomy 24:17-22)

Beloved God supports people in need. God warns against unjust treatment of strangers, orphans, and widows. God’s concern for defenseless and underprivileged persons is clear. He is concerned that we protect and provide for them. This is not directed to those who lay around doing nothing for themselves or others; preferring to allow the government to do things for them, as opposed to working for wages. Those who are able are supposed to work to provide for their family’s needs. Those who are unable to work, should depend upon God’s provision for His needy people. Many times, God calls us to take provisions to those in need, as this is a Christian response to God’s people. This is done without fanfare or attention, because this is what we are called to do for others.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, sometimes you call upon us to take socks, underwear, shoes, and clothes to those in need, while other times we are to bring them groceries. We will do whatever it is You call us to do, and it will be done with joy and love in our hearts to help our neighbors. No one should ever go hungry, no matter what the situation, but we ask only that You put us on the same path, that leads us to each other, so that we can bring the Word of God to nurture their spirits, while also bring them clothing and food to take care of their earthly needs. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

One who can kneel before God, can stand up to anything.”

KNOWING GOD:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. And put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to any one as he had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. ” (Acts 4:32, 35, 36, 37)

The early disciples in Jerusalem minimized private ownership and shared everything. They provided the apostles with resources to distribute to those who had need. The generosity of Barnabas provides a good example. Scripture does not set this up as an eternal model for all to follow. It is a model for our concern for the needy. Churches today should make provision for such distribution by benevolence committees. Discipleship for followers of Christ must express itself through the church budget which should reflect a greater concern for those outside the church than for ourselves.

I AM:

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ Jesus, and for your generosity in sharing with hem and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2nd Corinthians 9:12-15)

Why do you as a follower of Christ obediently serve God by sharing resources with other people? It is so other people may see God’s grace in your life and praise God. Followers of Christ should be do devoted to God that all praise is directed toward Him and never toward us.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me; because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sen me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of he Lord’s favor. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began by saying to hem, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Luke 4:18-21)

God’s plan for Jesus was to fulfill the purpose set forth in Isaiah’s commission. Jesus declared He was God’s fulfillment of that promise and plan. Hometown people who knew Jesus best rejected Him first. Even the supreme revelation of God in Christ was not obvious and compelling. Faith is necessary to recognize revelations, beloved.

Jesus announced that His ministry would meet every human need and would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. Through the Spirit’s power His disciples share His ministry. The way we meet human needs demonstrates whether we truly are His disciples and followers. This commitment will be revealed on judgment day.

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