Today’s Tasting: Deuteronomy 24–27: Moses finished reviewing miscellaneous laws that God had commanded the people to observe. He charged Israel to remember the foreigners, widows, and orphans with the remnants of their crops. He told them to remember that they were once slaves in Egypt, so they would identify with the foreigners, widows, and orphans.
Moses reminded Israel that, once settled in the Promised Land, they were to gather the first of their crops as offerings and tithes for the Levites, foreigners, widows, and orphans and to offer them with joy as they worshiped the Lord for His goodness.
Moses also charged Israel: “And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law … you shall build an altar to the Lord your God of uncut stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 27:4–7 ESV).
“This day you have become the people of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 27:9 ESV).
Today’s Nourishment: It’s so good to know that we are a people of the Lord our God. We are also reminded in the New Testament to take care of widows and orphans:
“True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating us” (James 1:27 CEB).
Do you worship the Lord as a daily part of your life? How do you help take care of widows and orphans? We take care of widows in their difficulties by working around their house, driving them to appointments, and sharing meals with them. We may care for orphans by fostering, adopting, loving, and feeding them.
Our oldest daughter and son-in-love are in the process of adopting three children, who are siblings. We are so excited to call them, along with two other grandchildren, and one due on March 20th, our very own.
Share with us your thoughts on how we can care for widows and orphans.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Deuteronomy 28–29
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC