Posts Tagged ‘Orphans’


Deuteronomy 10 (NLT) “At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. Also make a wooden Ark—a sacred chest to store them in. Come up to me on the mountain, and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the Ark.’… “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good… “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes. When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!

After falling so many times as a nation, it is amazing that God still wants to bless Israel with Himself. Is there more to this than meets the eye? (more…)


Exodus 22:9,20-23,25,28-29,31 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to his neighbor… “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed. “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry… “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest… “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people. “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. “You must give me the firstborn of your sons… “You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

It is obvious that God wanted to set out clearly what His expectation for the Israelites were through of the detail in the laws He laid down for them. The ten commandments were the foundations of the law and each of these laws reflect them in nature and character.

It must have been a great relief to Moses and the elders of Israel that they now had a structure to work in and under and thereby could keep up order among the masses. (more…)


John 14:15-21
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

When Jesus was preparing to leave the physical world to be with God the father, he spoke these words to his disciples and they stand to date. The Holy Spirit is what will minister to us until Jesus’ return and is what keeps us on the straight and narrow. For those who do not believe, this must sound like an absolute mystery but to those of us who do believe, we know the reality of how God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and how we are directed, changed, transformed, reformed and used for God’s glory through the working of the Holy Spirit. How do we get to experience this holy spirit and how does it help us?

When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit descended upon him and that was when Jesus started his ministry. In the same way, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior, the Holy Spirit enters us and directs our lives. The Holy Spirit fills us with a desire to know God through his word, to communicate with God through prayer, to correct us in our daily walk through the voice of conviction inside us and transforms us to be used for God’s glory. This is not something we control and therefore we are to be active participants and let God take complete charge of our lives. The evidence of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives are through the fruits such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). There are also gifts of the Holy Spirit but that is a study by itself and we can dwell into it later. I pray today that you are filled with a desire to experience the Holy Spirit if you haven’t already and if you have, I pray that you ask God to permit the Holy Spirit to work in and through you for God’s glory.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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