the Foreigner, the Fatherless, the Widow

“When you are harvesting in you field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you harves the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow.” -Deuteronomy 24:19-21

When I read this, the “foreigner, fatherless, and widow” part really sticks out. I mean, it’s written three times! I think the foreigner is those different than us (race, gender, religion, etc), the fatherless are those who don’t know God and Jesus, and the widow is all the helpless and vulnerable people and children stranded in the world. This verse is telling us Christians to not keep our blessings to ourselves, but to let the cup overflow into the hands of others. We should get a sense of fulfillment from emptying our cup into another’s cup.

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