June 4, 2021
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge… And you shall not strip your vineyard bare… You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV
The Mosaic Law ensured the care of the poor and sojourner. For both were more so vulnerable to the elements of nature than those who possessed homesteads. Wisely, though, the law did not prescribe handouts that would enable the needy. Rather, to ensure their dignity, food would be provided by leaving the surplus to be gleaned or gathered. This principle is applicable, today—and not just for the poor and the sojourner. When family or friends require help, we do them a disservice when we bail them out and spare them of any consequence. But when we lean in with prayer, guidance, and practical support, dignity is restored.
Father God, help us to discern how we can help the poor and the needy in ways that will restore their dignity and hope and bring glory to you. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling