Widows and Fatherless are to be taken utmost care of as The Lord is a just and righteous God, in his eyes everyone is equal and everybody deserves his love and Grace. The Lord requires honesty and holy life from us.
To be the child of God we must put him first in our life. The Lord loves those who keep his teachings in their hearts. We must not neglect it because God is watching us all the time. We cannot escape from his eyes.
We will stand before him at the time of Judgment and we have to suffer on that day for our stupidity on this earth.
Whenever we will look at any widow or fatherless child, we must step forward to help them so that we can receive blessing from the Lord by doing such a righteous job.
Psalm 68:5(KJV)“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation”
Explanation:- The Lord looks at everyone and his eyes are everywhere. God wants us to love those who don’t have fathers and we must take care of them. If we do not care for them then one day we have to stand before the judgment of the Lord.
To avoid God’s anger we must help the needy and we have to take care of them so that we can get a chance to please the Lord by helping such poor and needy people.
Exodus 22:22-24(KJV)“Ye shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless”
Explanation:- In the old testament the Lord has commanded the children of Israelites not to persecute any widow or fatherless child because God is the one who cares for them. If they mistakenly or knowingly disobey the word of God then they have to experience the wrath of God in their life. God loves everyone so he does not allow the persecution of the poor or helpless.
James 1:27(KJV)“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”
Explanation:- The book of James gives a clear picture of the true religion. It says that in true religion the widow and orphans must be taken care of. Because God loves those who are sacrificing life for his sake so that they can find grace in his eyes.
The Book of James teaches us to love the widows and to care for fatherless children. If we obey that then we can say that God is on our side and we will receive blessings in our life.
In this book, we can find that our work should be genuine and honest.
It also says that we should not only speak about good things in our mouth but instead of speaking such things we have to apply them in our works so that we can glorify God by our righteous works. People will get to know the Lord by our works, not by our words. Jesus says that we are on this earth to let the people know the truth by our every single deed and conduct.
Mark 12:40(KJV)“Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation”
Explanation:- In the time of Jesus’ ministry the Jews leaders used to prosecute the widows and seized all of their properties. Jesus told them that they should not do like that if they do this they will have to stand before the judgment of the Lord.
In today’s time, we can see that there are so many people who are often persecuting the widows and the orphans. We need to help them with their weaknesses so that we can store our treasure in heaven by doing such good things.
Deuteronomy 27:19(KJV)“Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen”
Explanation:- The Lord will judge every individual by their deeds. Israel was the chosen nation in the sight of the Lord. He also reminded them that they must not give trouble to the widows, and poor.
The Lord will protect them if they obey all of his instructions and live according to that. In those times people used to tortured the widows and fatherless.
1 Timothy 5:3(KJV)“Honour widows that are widows indeed”
Explanation:- Paul encouraged Timothy to honor widows because they really need that. In society, no one thinks of the widows and they feel lonely and sometimes they find themselves very weak in the eyes of the rich people.
That is why Paul told Timothy to take care of the widows who are in need of help.
In today’s time, Christians must look at the widows and help them so that they cannot be neglected in front of others.
1 Timothy 5:5(KJV)“Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day”
Explanation:- The Lord commanded the widows to walk with him so that they can find grace in his sight. Instead of involving in the worldly system, they must be busy with God so that they can get blessings from him.
Until they surrender themselves before the Lord, they will not get any blessing from him.
Church members should also help them and encourage them through prayers and finance.
Deuteronomy 24:17(KJV)“Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge”
Explanation:- The Lord reminded the Jews to be very careful in their moral life. As they are a special nation in the eyes of the Lord so they must obey all the teachings of the Lord.
In order to be righteous in the eyes of the Lord, they had to respect the widows and poor. This commandment was given to them when immorality took place among them.
Psalm 146:9(KJV)“The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down”
Explanation:- The Lord is in control of everything and he is observing everyone so we need to think about what we are doing today because according to our works we will receive the reward when Jesus will come again on this earth.
Jesus says that he will judge us by our every single work on this earth.
The Lord wants us to take care of widows and the poor is so that they may not be neglected in society. We should think for everyone as the Lord will judge us according to our deeds.
1 Timothy 5:9-10(KJV)“Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work”
Explanation:- Timothy was a true follower of Jesus Christ and he was assigned to do the works of God faithfully. Paul taught him how to behave in the churches and what the initiatives that he should take for the edification of the church.
He was asked to care for the widows so that may not be dishonored by others. In those times widows were persecuted in their societies and Paul asked Timothy to take special care of the widows.
Isaiah 1:17(KJV)“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow”
Explanation:- Prophet Isaiah reminded the Jews not to oppress anyone if they do so then they will get a dire consequence from the Lord. They were also told not to give trouble to the widows and poor’s or strangers.
They were asked to show their hospitality to the poor and needy people.
Deuteronomy 10:18(KJV)” He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment”
Explanation:- The Israelites were commanded to take care of the strangers, the poor and the widows, and the fatherless. They would receive the judgment if they disobey this commandment and on the other hand they will also receive the blessings only if they obey him. The Lord says that he will bless them only when they will walk with him and they will live according to his teachings.
Deuteronomy 24:19(KJV)“When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands”
Explanation:- The Lord advised the Israelites not to take the leftover grains that are in the field. They were asked to leave those grains in the ground so that the strangers and the poor can get them and they can survive from that.
They should not take everything for themselves because the Lord also is the father of the strangers and the poor so he wants everyone to live on this earth. so that they can also find grace in him.
1 Timothy 5:14(KJV)“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully”
Explanation:- Paul told Timothy to teach the younger woman to get married again if they lose their husband early. If they can stay single that would be best but to avoid such sinful acts especially adultery.
Paul encouraged them to remarry so that they can live a righteous life under the guidance of the Lord. Many can make questions against this but if we look at it from the bible’s perspective then we will find that this is right for the women who lose their husband after getting married.
Zechariah 7:10(KJV)“And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart”
Explanation:- The children of God’s informed that they should take care of the window and strangers and the poor as well as the orphans. If they do show only then they will find mercy in the sight of the Lord.
They must take care of them so that God will be pleased by their Good works. Many people often persecute the windows and the orphans because they know that they have no one to protest when they do such evil things on them.