Friday, November 24, 2017

A&C Series - Care for the Orphan

Be tender with one another, pursue judgment, bless the oppressed, care for the orphan, and uplift the widow in her need for I have redeemed you from being orphaned and taken you that you are no longer a widowed people. Rejoice in me, and rejoice with your brethren and sisters who are mine also. Be one.
A&C pg 7 

Care for the orphan.  Does this mean take care of kids who's biological parents are not in the picture?  It would certainly include that.   Care for, show compassion for, love, nurture, support.  All the things a child would need.  One such idea would be something like this.  Link.  I know the person sponsoring this fund, it's legit. 

Psalm 10:18 reads: "To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress."  Or bring justice to the fatherless, and oppressed.   "Fatherless" has more than one meaning.

What's interesting on this topic is how the word orphaned is used in the above paragraph from the A&C.  The word orphan is used twice.  But it's not in the sense of absent biological parents.  It's in the sense of Christ and God as our father.

One of the verses of scripture promising Christ as Second Comforter is John 14:10.  The King James version reads: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.".  However almost every other translation renders it something like this: "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you"

The A&C says God has redeemed a people from being orphaned.  Or a people who had no parents.  As we know from the Book of Mormon, we can and must all be born of God, becoming His sons and daughters.

Mosiah 5:7

"And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters."

Mosiah 27:25

"And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters"

When the Lord says to care for the orphan, perhaps we can think not just of biological terms, but also in terms of those who have not yet known Christ or the the Father or become his children.  Those who have not been adopted and redeemed through Jesus Christ and His Gospel.    

To care for the orphan seems like call to invite others to baptism, and being born again.  So they are no longer fatherless.  Seems like  call to invite people to join with a covenant that makes not just an individual, but a "people" redeemed from being orphaned and taken that they are no longer a widowed people.  

This Answer and Covenant has the Spirit of God resonating in it.

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