THEME: OPPRESSION OF THE POOR
Isaiah 10:1–4 NKJV
“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, Which they have prescribed To rob the needy of justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment, And in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners, And they shall fall among the slain.” For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.”
-Oppression in Hebrew is written as osheq and it means extortion, distressful, and unjust. The lawgivers, judges, political rulers and governors of the people, who make unrighteous laws; which are not agreeable to the law of God, nor right reason; and are injurious to the persons and properties of men; and which are calculated for the oppression of citizens, especially the poor, orphans, fatherless and widows. This is for the protection of wicked men, who have made no conscience of spoiling them. These grievousness taxation and oppressive policies are intolerable are to be engrossed and promulgated, published, and obliged upon the people; thus oppressing them. Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers who prepare trouble to force away the needy from demanding justice, and to rob the suffering of the poor people for their rightful claims, for the widows have become their prey, and have plundered the orphans. The Lord has His eyes on the poor and neglected, and proclaims judgment upon the oppressors.
Dear Heavenly Father we praise Your holy name. Every knee in heaven and on earth shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord to the glory of God the Father. You are our only God and Savior. May You protect all the orphans, widows and the fatherless. May You heal our land from oppression and corruption. May You save us and vindicate us O Lord, according to Your righteousness and integrity. May You protect us from all oppressors dear Jesus. We love You Lord and exult Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Zechariah 7:10, Proverbs 22:22