SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MANKIND FAMILY HAS BEEN THE STRUCTURE FOR RAISING CHILDREN. ORPHANAGES ARE NOT A NATURAL PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO GROW UP.
THE BIBLE IS FULL OF COMMANDS TO CARE FOR THE FATHERLESS. HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:
BEFORE THE LAW: JOB 31:16-23, “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow), if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering, if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate, then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.“
THE LAW OF MOSES: DEUTERONOMY 24:19-21, “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.”
WISDOM LITERATURE: PSALM 68:5-6, “Father of the fatherless and Protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.”
THE PROPHETS: ISAIAH 1:17-18, “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
THE NEW TESTAMENT: JAMES 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
THE BIBLE USES ADOPTION TO DESCRIBE GOD’S RELATIONSHIP TOWARD HIS PEOPLE.
EPHESIANS 1:4-6, “In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
SIN HAS SEPARATED US FROM GOD. THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST WE CAN BE ADOPTED INTO GOD’S FAMILY.