Proverbs 23:10b-11 "…enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee."
Looking at God’s first and last mention of the fatherless in the Old and New Testament is interesting. When God tells us something, the law of first and last mention is really important. The first reference in the Old Testament to the fatherless God commanded the Israelites not to oppress them (Exodus 22:22) The last we hear from God in the Old Testament about the fatherless is that God will execute judgment for them in Malachi 3:5. If man shirks his responsibility to execute judgment for the fatherless and widows, God will do it, and those who did not do it will pay. Then the very last mention of the fatherless and widows in the Bible is in James 1:27. In this passage, God addresses more than the outward action but the heart attitude. He says those that are truly religious will have His love and care for the fatherless and widows. They will visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and keep themselves unspotted from the world, thus indicating a pure heart.
Proverbs 23:10-11 is a warning for those who would seek to take advantage of the fatherless. God is the Father of the fatherless, He takes a special interest in carrying out justice for them, and He commands rulers to carry out justice for the fatherless (Duet. 10:17-18, Psalm 10:14, 17-18; 68:5; 82:3, 146:9, Jer. 22:3). Those who oppress the fatherless face God’s wrath. In Scripture, failure to rightly defend the fatherless and widow is a sign of a nation’s and/or individual’s moral decay. We can learn more about the attitude of our Heavenly Father towards the fatherless that we ought to have from the verses below.
- God loves the fatherless and widows (Duet. 10:17-18)
- God will execute judgment for the fatherless and widows (Duet. 10:17-18)
- God blesses those who help the fatherless (Deut. 14:28-29)
- God puts a curse upon those that pervert the judgment of the fatherless (Duet. 27:19)
- God is the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14)
- God is the father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5)
- God relieves the fatherless (Psalm 146:9)
God wants us to have His heart attitude towards those without a dad. As Christians, and Christian men especially, we ought to be willing to invest our time and energy into helping disciple young boys without fathers. They need a Godly father figure in their lives and people that are genuinely interested in their spiritual and physical well-being. We are living in a time where God’s ordained structure of the family is under severe attack. That is the God ordained institution of marriage. Marriage is a life time commitment between one man and one woman. The father must actively be the spiritual leader in his family.
We are living in a depraved society where broken families are more common than unbroken families. There is urgent need for men to be spiritual leaders and not to fall prey to this world’s enticements. We have seen God’s love for the fatherless. Do we have that same fervor? Do we visit the fatherless and widows? If this is what true religion is all about, can we genuinely say my religion is true, because we are caring for them and living holy lives for the Lord? We need to be about our Father’s business. We need have great care and love for others and share our Father’s love with them. In what tangible ways does your love for God drive your love for the fatherless and widows? The opportunities are all around us? What are we doing with those opportunities to impact these people for Christ? The task may seem overwhelming, but remember, we serve the Almighty Redeemer.