Orphans, Widows and foreigners: GOD’s Laws to favour the oppressed

Is very important know why GOD, in the Holy Scriptures recomands to take so much care to the Widows and the Orphans.

The reason is not just because they are considered weakest in our society, often oppressed, unharmed and suffering from their status, but especially because a man, a husband and a father faithful to GOD could fighting in GOD’s cause and goes to war for his own and his Comunity rights, fearless and ready to die if GOD’s calls.  Religious men knows that their Community (in case of death on war or also in other circumstances) will take care about his family, protecting them and taking care about their needs probably better then the dead himseves would remaining alive. GOD is great, above all and everything, His Laws righteouss and His soldiers heroics.

 

Reconstruction of the top of the City Gerusalem and the Holy Temple before the destruction (Brooklyn Museum)

Reconstruction of the top of the City Jerusalem and the Holy Temple before the destruction (Brooklyn Museum)

 

Bible References

1 James 1, 27

Religion that is pure and undefiled before GOD, the FATHER, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Isaiah 1, 17

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

1 Timothy 5, 1-16

1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to GOD. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in GOD and continues night and day to pray and to ask GOD for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the LORD’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to. 14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

Exodus 22, 21-24

21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

James 2, 14-17

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Psalm 68, 5

Father of the fatherless and Protector of widows is GOD in His Holy Habitation.

Hebrews 13, 1-5

1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

James 2, 1-5

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not GOD chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom he promised those who love Him?

Matthew 6, 1-4

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your FATHER in Heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your FATHER, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Deuteronomy 27, 19

19 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

Zechariah 7, 9-10

“Thus says the LORD of Hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

Matthew 5, 1-5

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

James 2, 14

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

Titus 3, 1-5

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Ezekiel 16, 49

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.

Galatians 2, 10

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Ephesians 4, 28

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Matthew 18, 1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Psalm 82, 3

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

2 Peter 1, 1-5

1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

Proverbs 28, 1-5

1 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
    but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

A ruler who oppresses the poor
    is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
    but those who heed it resist them.

Evildoers do not understand what is right,
    but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

Job 1, 1-5

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared GOD and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed GOD in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Hebrews 1, 1-5

1 In the past GOD spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe. The son is the radiance of GOD’s glory and the exact representation of His Being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven. So he became as much superior to the Angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

For to which of the angels did GOD ever say,

“You are my son;
    today I have become your FATHER”?

Or again,

“I will be his FATHER,
    and he will be My son”?

Jeremiah 22, 16

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.

Job 29, 12

Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

Ephesians 2, 19-20

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the Household of GOD, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,

 

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