Today’s reading Deuteronomy 23-26
Deuteronomy 24:20-22 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
God taught His people to always think of the less fortunate. They were to leave some of every thing that they harvested for the stranger, the orphan, the widow, and the poor! They lived out a super special way of treating people.
But the key truth here I think is that they were not to forget where they had come from. They had been bondmen. They had been slaves. They knew what it was to suffer and should never forget that.
It is amazing that we never think we have gotten over being poor or being is so much financial trouble. That gives us an excuse to not care about others. We think, I will be that nice when and if I ever get to that point but it doesn’t look like I ever will.
We do not see that others are much less fortunate than we are! Wouldn’t it be good to be so thankful and to think of all that God has done for us that we began regular living that thought about others.
We should think of them spiritually and how they do not have anything. We should think of them socially and how they feel so disconnected. We should think of them financially and leave some for others.
It is good to notice that they did not harvest the food for them. If they wanted it they had to get up and go work for it but they did make provision. Might be something to think about today!