Day 91 – Care for the Downcast and Party with the Outcast

A quarter of the way there! I have been blogging my devotions every day for exactly 25% of a year. I think I can do this for the rest of the year: it’s become a habit!

The first thing I read was Deuteronomy 23: 1 – which I won’t repeat here, but it was some start for this auspicious day. LOL.

Moving on… The passages in both Deuteronomy and Luke show God’s heart for the downcast and the outcast. The last few years I’ve noticed how often God used the Prophets to indict both Israel and Judah for not taking care of those in need, the downcast.

In Deuteronomy 24: 10-22 includes instructions for :

  • giving a loan without demanding collateral
  • paying hired servants a decent wage (not cheating them)
  • being fair to immigrants and orphans
  • providing food for immigrants, orphans, and widows out of the harvest

One reason for being compassionate to the downcast?

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there.” Deuteronomy 24: 18 (NIV) Israel should understand what it feels like to be downcast strangers in another’s land. And they should extend the same mercy by which God redeemed them.

Jesus of course took care of the downcast – healing, feeding, forgiving. And he ate dinner with the outcasts, the tax collectors and sinners (as I discussed before).

We, too, are redeemed slaves. And, we, too, are called to party with the outcast and care for the downcast*.

Who are those you look down on? Who are those you’d rather not hang with? Personally, I’d take a sinner over a self-righteous, shallow (in my mind) Christian. Maybe I need to hang more often with folks like that, learn to accept them…

And who how are you caring for the immigrants, widows, and orphans… all those in need around you*?

Well, too convicting. Time to stop!

*Check out a ministry that helps churches do just that

Today’s Readings: Deuteronomy 23:1-24:22, Psalm 39:1-6, Proverbs 13:1-3, Luke 5:17-39. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts.

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