Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016
Orphan Sunday happens once a year. Do you think about them at other times?
What’s the big deal? Should you care? Why?
Is their plight exploited to play on your emotions or is there a legitimate cause for compassion?
Let’s look at what Scripture has to say.
Five Reasons You Should Care About Orphan Care
Deuteronomy 10:14 – God executes justice for the orphan
Psalm 10:14 – God is a helper of the orphan
Psalm 68:5 – God is a Father to the fatherless
Psalm 146:9 – God supports the Fatherless
Proverbs 23: 10,11 – God pleads the case of the fatherless
God Expects You To Care
Job 31:17,22 – Job considered neglecting orphans cause for God’s discipline
Isaiah 1:17,23 – Israelites instructed to defend orphans; those who didn’t were considered rebels
Matthew 25:31-46 – the righteous provide for the hungry, thirsty and naked even if they are strangers
James 1:27 – caring for orphans is highlighted as being honored in God’s sight
Hebrews 13:16 – we are called to do good and share; we can practice that with the fatherless
God Blesses Those Who Care
Deuteronomy 14:29 – Israelites told to feed the orphan so that God would bless their work
Matthew 5:7 – those who show mercy are blessed
God Cursed Those Who Didn’t Care
Jeremiah 22:3,5 – warning that mistreating orphans would result in desolation for Israel
Ezekiel 22:7 – committing wrong against the fatherless listed as a reason for Israel’s dispersion
Zechariah 7:8-12 – warning that oppressing the orphan would incur God’s wrath
Orphan Care is a Picture of the Gospel
Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5-7, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 1:5
Orphan care is not the gospel, but it is a great picture of what God has done for us. He reached outside His own family into a seemingly hopeless situation to provide hope and redemption to helpless sinners. Caring for orphans is an image of the sacrifice Chrsit made, so that we could be called children of God.
These verses are just a sample of references made to orphans and fatherless in Scripture. It is clear that orphan care is not a passing fad of current culture.
Orphan care is close to the heart of God and ought to be close to the heart of God’s people.
Looking at statistics related to the number of orphans in your own community, in your own country and in the world at large can be overwhelming.
The high number of orphans in our world is largely the result of various evils in our sin-cursed world.
It can be tempting to become upset or discouraged by the evidence of wickedness all around us.
It can also be tempting to avoid caring for orphans because their lives do not directly affect ours.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
You may not be able to care for all the orphans in the world, but God still expects you to care.
You can work toward overcoming some of the evils in their world by doing something good for them.
Need some ideas?
I have 26 practical ways you can get involved in orphan care (even if you’re not called to be a foster or adoptive parent!).
Is your family involved in orphan care? What does that look like?
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