THEME: COURT OF HEAVEN
“Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.”
-He who oppresses the poor reproaches the the Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy (Proverbs 14:31). Isaiah addresses an impious people who oppress the poor, giving them a warning that they shall be recompensed for their crimes. Probably speaking to a king who oppressed the poor through high taxation policies and corrupt schemes. Also to elders and other leaders who led the people away from God, took away the resources of the poor through oppressive schemes like high commodity prices and embezzlement of funds. Oppression of the poor has been practiced since Biblical times and it is prevalent in our society today. This is a detestable thing before the eyes of the Lord and He brings judgment to those who practice it. Governments and leaders oppress the poor by embezzling public funds, apply corrupt means to gain wealth, raise taxes and thus high commodity prices, block other citizens from doing business by creating monopolies, use the poor to gain influence, popularity and wealth, give up their people and nations to foreign masters, shed innocent blood and have no regard for our Maker. Also, people oppress the poor by mistreating them and taking interest or profit from them (Ezekiel 18:17), exploit them and crushing them in court (Proverbs 22:22) and many other wicked schemes. We know that, whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor (Proverbs 28:8). The rich man mistreated Lazarus by denying him basic needs like a decent meal by letting him eat the left overs from his table. The Lord judged him from His court and when he died; he ended up in hell while Lazarus went to heaven (Luke 16:19-31). When the rich man was wealth here on earth, he became eternally poor, while Lazarus gained eternal life. Jesus summarized the law into love. He commanded us to love him and our neighbours as ourselves. When He was rich, He became poor so that through His poverty we may become rich through grace (2 Corinthians 8:9). He came to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom to the prisoners and offer sight to the blind, set the oppressed free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19). We are called to follow God’s will, be kind to the poor and walk in love for which reason; we were created.
Thank You Father for Your goodness and mercy upon our lives, and for this far that You have brought us. All glory and praise belongs to You. Lord You are God of all, God of the rich and the poor, all glory and praise belongs to You. Have mercy on all those who are poor all over the world, those who are sick, in prison, jobless, those who go without food, shelter, clothing, school fees and other basic needs. Be with all those who are unmarried, divorced, childless, experiencing marital issues, slow business growth, mourning the loss of their loved ones and suffering in one way or another, that You may grant us rest. Remember us with mercy Father for we are poor in spirit, that we may inherit Your everlasting Kingdom. You are our Provider and Sustainer Holy Spirit, reveal to us the deep things of God and do something new our lives. Forgive us Jesus for the times we have oppressed or neglected the poor and give us generous hearts, hearts filled with love. Deliver us Lord from any form of anger, bitterness, bloodshed, oppression, un-forgiveness and anything that is not of Your Kingdom, we humbly ask You. We cast all our burdens unto You, save us merciful Father. Jesus You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Father You are faithful and Your faithfulness is everlasting. Lord You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. Amen
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