Davey find religion

Davey find religion

Postby Daveyone on Tue May 12, 2009 11:03 pm

comming at it from a new direction do you think this is the way.......................etc :roll:

The Father of Fatherless Boys Exodus 22:22-24 Bringing religion into Family Law (2 mysteries)
“A Father of fatherless boys……..is God in his holy dwelling (psalm68:5) Those inspired words convey a touching lesson about God – he is sensitive to the needs of disadvantaged ones. His concern for children who lose a parent in death was clearly evident in the Law he gave to Israel. Let us examine the Bible’s first reference to the” fatherless boy” found at Exodus 22:22-24.
God warns: “You people must not afflict any … fatherless boy.” (Verse 22) This was not a mere plea for humanitarianism; it was a divine command. A child who lost his father – and hence his protector and sustainer – was vulnerable. No one was to “afflict” such a child in any way. In other Bible translations, the word “afflict” is rendered “abuse,” “mistreat,” and “take advantage of.” To wrong a fatherless child was a serious matter in God’s eyes. Just how serious?
The Law continues: “If you should afflict him at all, then if he cries out to me at all, I shall unfailingly hear his outcry.” (Verse 23) The account switches from the plural “you” in verse 22 to the singular “you” in verse 23. The individual and the nation as a whole were equally responsible for obeying this divine precept. God was watching; he inclined his ear to the fatherless boys, ever ready to respond to their cries for help. – Psalm 10:14; Proverbs 23:10, 11.
What, then, would happen if someone were to wrong a fatherless boy, giving that child reason to cry out to God? “My anger will indeed blaze,” says God “and I shall certainly kill you with the sword.” (Verse 24) One Bible reference work says that this “is literally ‘and my nose will become hot,’ which is an idiom for intense anger.” Notice that God did not leave it up to the human judges in Israel to enforce this law. God himself would execute judgment upon anyone who took advantage of a defenseless child, - Deuteronomy 10:17, 18.
God has not changed. (Malachi 3:6) His heart goes out to children who lack a parent or parents. (James 1:27) Make no mistake – the Father of fatherless boys is provoked to righteous anger by the victimization of innocent children. Those who would seek to exploit a vulnerable child will not escape “the burning anger of God.” (Zephaniah 2:2) Such wicked ones will learn that “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:31.
“The expression “fatherless boy” appears some 40 times in the Bible. Although the Hebrew word thus rendered is in the masculine gender, we should not think that the principles underlying such statements excluded girls who lost a father. The Mosaic Law upheld the rights of fatherless girls as well. – Numbers 27:1-8. :ugeek:
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