22nd February 2020

A Lesson From a Widow

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV)

Let’s take a brief look at what the Bible say about how widows should be treated. Often in Scripture when widows are referred to it carries the idea of a woman whose husband has died and who also had no one to provide for her. Thus, widows are often grouped with vulnerable members of society such as the fatherless, aliens (foreigners) and the poor. The Bible says that widows are to be treated with honour and compassion and offered protection so that no one takes advantage of them.

God recognized the widow’s plight and rises to their defence, as it says in Psalm 68:5, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” Deuteronomy 27:19 even says “Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.” Laws and special provisions were put in place to safeguard widows against neglect and abuse.

In the New Testament, widows are also given special consideration. James 1:27 says that pure and lasting religion is to care for orphans and widows in their troubles. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their ill-treatment of widows as recorded in Mark 12:40-42 (TLB): “they shamelessly cheat widows out of their homes and then, to cover up the kind of men they really are, they pretend to be pious by praying long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the greater.”

Since God honours widows and treats them with compassion, believers should do the same. As our header scripture Isaiah 1:17 tells us to do: “Learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

Eternal Father, thank you that you are a God of justice. Help us also to seek justice and not neglect those who are in need, whether poor, immigrants or widows. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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