Caring For The Stranger, The Fatherless And The Widow

Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you indeed do this thing, then shall enter the gates of this house, riding on horses and in chariots, accompanied by servants and people, kings who sit on the throne of David. 5But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the LORD, “that this house shall become a desolation”
— Jeremiah 22:3-6 NKJV

In all the wonders of creation, the most important in the Father’s eyes is man. Why? Man is the only being created in the image and likeness of the Father. Every creature that was made by the Father reproduces after its own kind. Likewise, a man in covenant with his wife produces children in their image and likeness, but even more, sons of God. Man’s mandate for reproducing after his own kind was to fill the earth with “sons of the Father.” After sin inhibited Adam and Eve in this mandate, he started to produce after his own kind until Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, who set the course back in action for mankind to be reconciled to the Father and once again produce “God sons” in the earth.

As we become more accustomed to our Father, we begin to understand that we have been given access to Him without any veil, sacrifice, rules, regulations, laws, or traditions. Christ, who became the ultimate sacrifice, paid a price no money could buy. Without offense, He gave His life on the cross. Truly, as we come to this knowledge, our eyes are opened to the Father, and our hearts fall in love with Him. Through self-admittance, we note our frailties, incongruences, and sin issues that hindered and disrupted our relationship with Him. Without pride and self-righteousness, and without classifying ourselves with other people, our hearts soften at the knowledge of how much the Father loves and cares for us. This knowledge instills in us an essential deep humility to enter into continual worship of our Father and maintain a pure heart toward mankind.

Living in this world but not being part of it means to function in the realm of the Spirit. We take on His nature and character, which represent His fullness. Righteousness, peace, and joy are our standards. The pillars of righteous rule and justice reside in us, and we pulsate with the Father’s heartbeat, knowing that we have been sent to represent Him well. His soul has no pleasure in those who draw back from Him. When we draw near to Him, however, a radical change takes place within us. We once understood the law and traditions of the natural order, but now our hearts have been circumcised and we take on the law of the Holy Spirit. The Father permeates our being and we have His imprint in our lives.

We don’t bend to the traditions of mere natural men who function by the first man, Adam, but we reveal the last man, Christ. Confrontation occurs as we dismantle traditional religious beliefs that keep people bound and separated from life in the Spirit of the Lord. With love and affirmation, we can show the more excellent ministry of Christ. We never oppress the stranger (alien), the fatherless, or the widow, and the Father watches our intentions closely. With respect, admonition, and generosity, we partner with the Father to care for them so that they too can have a close relationship with Him. Our acts of kindness in giving toward them will never deplete our resources because our Father is filled with infinite abundance and knows how to care for us. We are never vindictive toward people, but our hearts are blanketed in the complete love of the Father. We take on His mind and His heart in all things.