Friday, March 28, 2003
Edifier du Jour-Deuteronomy 24:19-22(NASB)
19: "When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20: "When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. 21: "When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. 22: "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.This concept of gleaning is a good example of how God gives second chances; even the landless aren't out of the loop in the Mosaic paradigm. In our post-agricultural society, we don't have a good way to do gleaning, especially when most of our poor are city dwellers; I'm not exactly in a position to let the poor widow teach left-over classes. The two things to remember here is that God looks after the poor and that the poor had to work for their keep by picking up the leftovers. It was more dignified than getting a handout. We can't duplicate it today with any ease, but we need to take note of both aspects. Any help we give should be from a heart of generosity, but it should also respect the dignity of the recipient.
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