Blessing Others

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Deuteronomy 26 and 27 today.
Before the Israelites affirmed verbally that they had obeyed the Lord, there was something that He wanted them to have done. Notice, “When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year–the year of tithing–and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled…” (Deuteronomy 26:12), then they were to make the affirmation of obedience.
They were to treat well people in vulnerable positions. The Israelites were to give to the strangers among them, that is, to the foreigners. If you have been to another country and not merely as a tourist, and if the local language was different than your native tongue, then you know vulnerability. Well then, remember that feeling when a foreigner is in your land and treat him well. If you have lost your parents, especially at a young age, you know the uncertainty that can fill your heart. Do something special for orphans. (I recommend http://lifelineofhope.org/lifelineofhope/ My wife and I are currently helping orphans through LifeLine of Hope.) Have you lost your spouse? If so, you know the loneliness that brings. Remember the widows and widowers and include them in your family. They will love it.

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