Week 1 – Lessons from the Law
Day 5 – Promises
Every time I read the book of Ezekiel I am impressed with the number of times that God says “for I have spoken it” or “for I have spoken it, and will do it” and the number of times that He says “that ye may know that I am the Lord.” God has put many promises with His commands to ministry to the fatherless, the widow, the stranger, etc. It behooves us to remember that He has said it and that He will do it, so that we might know that He is the Lord! Let’s take a look back over the verses from this first four days and find some of those promises.
Exodus 22:22-24 – If you afflict the fatherless and the widow and I hear their cry, I will kill you with the sword and your wives shall be widows and your children fatherless. (Okay, so that one isn’t especially one of those promises that gives you ooey-gooey tingly feelings. BUT it is a promise and one that I would not take lightly!)
Deuteronomy 10:17-19 – No promise, but assurance of who He is, how He behaves toward all of us, and what He wants our behavior to be.
Deuteronomy 14:28,29 – Bringing of the tithes and feeding of the Levites, the widows, the fatherless, and the stranger results in God blessing all the work of our hands.
Deuteronomy 16:11,14 – Obeying the Lord’s commands in regard to tithing results in rejoicing.
Deuteronomy 24:17-22 – As we endeavor to behave as God desires toward the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, we will be reminded of the bondage from which we have been redeemed. The Lord will bless the work of our hands. God wants us to remember what He has done for us, He mentions that twice in this passage!
Deuteronomy 26:12,13 – Keeping God’s commands regarding the fatherless, the widow and the stranger enables us to stand before the Lord and say, “I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.” In other words, we can stand before God, knowing that we have done His will.
Here’s a Bonus Verse, and sort of a bookend: Deuteronomy 27:19 – CURSED be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow.
Some pretty amazing promises! I say the best thing would be to aim for the ones INSIDE of the bookends!
Up next: Week 2: Lessons from Job