The Bible is clear that we are to care for widows and orphans.

Screen-Shot-2015-07-02-at-6.10.17-PM-195x300This Sunday, November 8, churches all over the world will be celebrating Orphan Sunday.  A few years ago, God moved in my life and led me to lead Graystone to become a church that cares for orphans.  We’ve come a long way in 3 years, and I am so proud of so many families in our church who are doing their part to care for orphans.

The Bible is clear that orphans are close to the heart of God.  And we are commanded to “defend the fatherless” and “look after orphans and widows in their distress”.  I’ve listed a few of the Bible verses below that God used to move me to action.

As you read these verses, may you have an open hand with what God is leading you to do to care for the least of these.

James 1:27  

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Deuteronomy 10:18

God defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

Isaiah 1:17

God commands us to defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29  

We are to bring the tithe to the church so we can provide for the needs of the widows and orphans.

Psalm 68:5-6

God is a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. God sets the lonely in families.

Psalm 146:9

The LORD watches over and sustains the fatherless and the widow.

Hosea 14:3

The fatherless find compassion in God.

Psalm 10:14

God is the helper of the fatherless.

Exodus 22:22-23

God hears the cries of the widows and the orphans.

Isaiah 10:1-3

God will punish those who oppress the widows and orphans.

Jeremiah 5:28-29

God will punish those who do not plead the case for the fatherless.

Deuteronomy 14:29

We are to let the widows and orphans share in our blessings.

Psalm 82:3

We are to defend the weak and the fatherless.

Proverbs 23:10

We are not to defraud the fatherless.

Zechariah 7:10

We are not to oppress the widows or the fatherless.

Jeremiah 49:11

God promises to protect the widows and orphans.

Esther 2:7

God exemplifies those who care for orphans.

(I.e. Mordecai adopted Esther into his family)

Job 31:16-23

Job cared for widows and orphans.

Deuteronomy 14:29

God will bless those who take care of the widows and orphans.

Deuteronomy 27:19

God will curse those who withhold justice from the fatherless or the widow.

Matthew 25: 35-40

Jesus says that whenever we meet the needs of the least of these, we are serving and ministering to him.

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