What DOES the Bible say about the fatherless? Several years ago, I was assigned a term paper in college which eventually led me to look up every verse in the Bible that used the word “fatherless”. I was amazed at what I found! The word is there 43 times! But the context around each one of those usages makes them even more powerful. So,  in the fall of 2011 I began a series of blogs that works its way through each of these. We made it all the way through the Old Testament! The blogs were posted to the FTN website, but as we begin looking at the New Testament I felt this blog is a better spot for them, it offers greater functionality and fewer technical problems. It also has the potential to reach more people with this very important message, which is something that is very important! (Please share them with others!)

So, without further ado, Let’s begin. The Old Testament blogs will be transferred over here, one week at a time. Unless in re-posting I find some glaring error, only the first 5 will be changed. Those 5 have been put into a more devotional format rather than the original “20 Questions” format. Each day’s posting will be posted separately, but they will all be indexed here on this page. Once the Old Testament series has been re-posted, Lord willing, the New Testament Posts will be ready as well!

I pray that the Lord will use this to stir many hearts not just with the “needs” of the fatherless, but to the obedience of God’s commands concerning them.

Week One: Lessons From the Law

Day 1: Look Out For That Sword – The Initial Command

Day 2: Our Terrible God – The Basis of the Command

Day 3: God’s Reminder – The Purpose of the Command

Day 4: The Pocket Book – God’s Plan for Provision

Day 5: Promises

Week Two: Lessons from Job

Day 1: Lessons from Mr. Job – Introduction to the Fatherless in Job

Day 2: Finger-pointing – The Accusations of Eliphaz

Day 3: The Accusations Answered

Day 4: Job’s First Defense

Day 5: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Making it Personal

Week Three: Lessons from Job Cont’d

Day 1: After “If” comes “Then”

Day 2: Job’s Reasoning (Part 1)

Day 3: Job’s Reasoning (Part 2)

Day 4: God’s Purposes

Week Four: Part 1 –  Lessons from Psalms and Proverbs

Day 1: The Wicked and the Fatherless

Day 2: God, Government and the Fatherless

Day 3: God’s People and the Fatherless

Week Four: Part 2 – Lessons from the Prophets

Day 4: Isaiah: The Backdrop

Day 5: Isaiah and the Fatherless

Week Five: Lessons from the Prophets Cont’d

Day 1: In Thee the Fatherless Findeth Mercy

Day 2: Jeremiah and the Fatherless

Day 3: When a Nation Neglects the Fatherless

Day 4: Ezekiel and the Stranger

Day 5: Sodom’s Other Sins

Week Six: Lessons from the Prophets Cont’d

Day 1: Individual Responsibility

Day 2: A Man for the Gap

Day 3: When the Enemy Volunteers

Day 4: When the Enemy Frustrates our Purpose

Day 5: A Bag with Holes

Week Seven: Lessons from the Prophets Cont’d

Day 1: Living a Submitted Life or Building a Memorial

Day 2: Glory out of Rubble

Day 3: Zechariah and the Fatherless

Day 4: Orphaned – The Cold, Hard Facts

Day 5: Mordecai’s Care

Week Eight: Lessons from the Prophets Cont’d

Day 1: Stopping the Fatherless Pandemic

Day 2: Mordecai’s Influence

Day 3: Malachi – Setting the Stage

Day 4: Dung on Your Face

Day 5: Dung on Your Face (Part 2) – Priests Gone Astray

Week Nine: Lessons from the Prophet’s Cont’d

Day 1: 1+1=1 (Malachi Cont’d)

Day 2: Malachi and the Fatherless

Day 3: Robbing God

Day 4 The Final Word

New Testament

Week One: Getting Started

Day 1: A Heart Unchanged

Day 2: Lessons From A Man Who Eats Locusts

Day 3: Asshur Revisited

Day 4: Lights On A Hill

Day 5: Our Treasure Box

Week Two: Lessons From The Pharisees

Day 1: Alms, Alms For The Poor

Day 2: Asking God

Day 3: Lessons From the Pharisees

Day 4: Principle in Action

Day 5: No “To Do” List – Principle in Action Cont’d

Week Three, Part 1: Lessons From The Pharisees Cont’d

Day 1: Eating With Dirty Hands

Day 2: For Viewing Purposes Only

Day 3: Of Trumpets And Coins

Week Three, Part 2: Widows Indeed

Day 4: Setting An Example

Day 5: Compassion And Honor

Week Four: Widows Indeed Cont’d

Day 1: Being a Dorcas

Day 2: Taking and Teaching Responsibility

Day 3: It Won’t Just Happen – Be Intentional

Week Four, Part 2: The New Testament and Children

Day 4: The Value of a Child

Day 5: Loving Beyond Beautiful

Week 5: The New Testament and Children Cont’d

Day 1: God Cares for His Children

Day 2: Follow – As Dear Children

Day 3: Faith. Courage. Dedication.

Day 4: Walking in Daddy’s Shoes

Day 5: Taking a Chance

Week 6: The New Testament and Children Cont’d

Day 1: A Child in the Midst

Day 2: Simply Scandalous

Day 3: Counting Sheep

Day 4: Forbid Them Not

Day 5: Whose Children Are We?

Week 7: The New Testament and Children Cont’d

Day 1: Children in the Church

Day 2: Growing Up, Part I

Day 3: Growing Up, Part II

Day 4: Stop Assuming

Day 5: Our Hearts Know

Week 8: The New Testament and Children Cont’d

Day 1: Of Labor and Love

Day 2: When God Spanks Us, Part 1

Day 3: When God Spanks Us, Part 2

Week 8, Part 2: The New Testament and Adoption

Day 4: The Spirit of Adoption

Day 5: No Longer Slaves

Week 9: The New Testament and Adoption Cont’d

Day 1: The Blessings of Belonging

Day 2: The Waiting of Adoption

Day 3: Adoption and Israel

Day 4: Adoption and the Law

Day 5: The Process and Price of Adoption

Week 10, Part I: The New Testament and Adoption Cont’d

Day 1: The Final Stamp

Week 10, Part II: James and the Fatherless

Day 2: The Audience and the Servant

Day 3: The Work of Patience

Day 4: The Work of Experience and Hope

Day 5: The Testing of our Faith

Week 11: James and the Fatherless

Day 1: The Source of Wisdom

Day 2: No Room for Doubt

Day 3: Faith and Commitment

Day 4: Not For The Faint Of Heart

Day 5: Of Daisies and Dollars

Week 12: James and the Fatherless

Day 1: The Blessings of Enduring

Day 2: Confronting Wrong Reasoning

Day 3: Every Good Gift

Day 4: Are You Listening?

Day 5: When It’s Okay To Be Dumb

“You may choose to look away, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

– William Wilberforce

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