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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.”—Deuteronomy 10:18 (NKJV)
When my son was five, my husband asked him for a piece of his candy bar. Brian reluctantly agreed by using his fingernail to scrape off the slimmest shaving of chocolate. It was somewhat gross, slightly funny, but sadly revealing. I’m sure a number of times we told him to share. But this exchange caused us to reevaluate our own giving practices (or lack thereof). The lesson for us was: More is caught than taught.
It seems God created this teaching method. He provides a directive (as in the above verse), but since more is caught than taught, He supplies a model. Our Father told us to be a compassionate people, then He gave us a compassionate Christ.
For the widows and the orphans, God shows special care. D.L. Moody said of the widow of Nain and her son: “Death had got its captive. And shall not the Son of God look upon that widow?” The compassion of Christ indeed saw her; our sympathetic King consoled her grief, for her lost son was also His beloved. Compassionately, He administered justice over death and commanded the man to rise. At the voice of the Son of God, death was defeated as the young man opened his eyes. His lesson to us: Do not weep.
Consider the adulterous woman—cast naked and ashamed into the midst of a jeering crowd of men (John 8:3)—placed before Jesus as an object of revilement and a pawn to test His judgment. They called for her death, but Jesus claimed her life. His compassion freed her; His righteous judgment vindicated her (Exodus 23:1). His lesson to us: I do not condemn you.
As for the stranger, Jesus tells of a man—stripped and beaten by robbers (Luke 10:30–37). Those who might care passed him by. But the Samaritan came upon him and felt compassion (33). He gave up his time, his animal, and his money to care for this foreigner. His lesson for us: Go and do the same.
The 4,000 and the 5,000, fed. The sick, healed. The broken, restored and clothed in righteousness. The lesson for us: “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV).
So today, I want to encourage you to go and do the same as Christ. As our Lord provided the example for us, I pray we would be a people who provide the example of Jesus to others, because more is caught than taught.
DIG: Why do you think it’s so important to God that we care for the needs of the weak or less fortunate?
DISCOVER: What constitutes as less fortunate to you? Is it financial, physical, mental, or spiritual? Perhaps it’s all of the above?
DISPLAY: With these lessons in mind, who meets your definition of less fortunate and how can you help? Once you’ve established this in your heart, “Go and do the same.”
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.