Posted by: Pauline | September 24, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday October 1

Deuteronomy 24:17-21

Family members generally take care of each other. They may not always get along, but when hard times come, people usually know they can turn to family for help. Whether we really like all our relatives or not, there is a sense of responsibility – that person is “one of us.”

But people without families have always faced serious trouble. In ancient Israel, widows and orphans had no one to turn to, no one they could count on to provide for them. Non-Israelites living in Israel faced similar difficulties, because even if they were a family, they didn’t own land, and land was central to the economy. And they certainly didn’t count as “one of us” in Israelite society.

But God made sure His people knew that He counted even these most vulnerable members of society as “one of us” and they were to do so also. They had been slaved in Egypt and they knew what it was like to be poor and powerless. As God had provided for them when they had nothing, so they were now to provide justice and economic opportunity for those who most needed it.

Luke 18:1-8

The widow in this story was a prime example of those needy people that Deuteronomy 24 had in mind. And the judge was a prime example of one who blatantly disregarded the commands given there. He didn’t care that he was breaking God’s commands, and he apparently didn’t care either what people thought of him for breaking those commands.

Many widows probably would have given up, but this one did not. Whether prompted by a strong desire for justice, or just plain desperation, she refused to leave him alone to enjoy his comfortable place in society. That he finally relented doesn’t count much in his favor, but it no doubt made a world of difference to the widow.

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