sermonette: Fight for the Widows
Ted E. Bowling
Given 12-May-12; Sermon #1101s; 15 minutes
Ted Bowling, acknowledging the upcoming observance of Mother's Day, asks us to honor not only mothers, but also widows and orphans. The Bible is quite explicit about our duty to widows and orphans, who are generally thought to be the most vulnerable members of society. Ruth and Naomi were widows, and Boaz (a type of Christ) protected and honored them. Elijah gave special honor to a widow and was blessed for his kindness. The widow is granted special status as a didactic metaphor. As God has a special place in His heart for the vulnerable and the defenseless, so must we assume a similar role by visiting, defending, and helping the vulnerable among us. God desires that we be tenderhearted as He is tenderhearted.
Abstaining from wrong Boaz and Ruth Defender of the widow Doing right Elijah and the widow Exodus 22:22 Faith without works Helping the oppressed Honoring widows Isaiah 1:16-17 James 1:27 Mothers Naomi Orphans Persistent widow Psalm 68:5; 146:9 Pure religion Sin of commission Sin of omission Widows as metaphors Widows
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