Day 15: The Poor and Needy in Israel
- That God would work powerfully through all the believing ministries that are regularly providing aid to tens of thousands of Israelis – that He’d pour out His provision, grace, and wisdom upon them, and open doors for them to share the Gospel
- That God would work in all the hearts of those receiving help – the poor, the foreigner, the widow, the orphan, the Holocaust survivors, the new immigrants – so that they’d hunger for the Living Bread; that they’d be open to receiving the greatest gift of all, Yeshua
- That God would establish true social justice and righteousness in Israel, where the needy are taken care of and all oppression and discrimination cease
- That God will stir even more Israeli believers with compassion to reach out to the lost and broken with His love, practical help, and the Good News
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him…. And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
John 6:27, 35
“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick”
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast and those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; so the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, even forever.
The Lord has founded Zion, and the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.
“And do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.”
“When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’...
“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Isaiah 58:6-9a, 10-11
He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother…. You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”
Deuteronomy 15:7, 11
“So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.