Orphans and the Glory of God, Pt. 1
May 22, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Adoption Passage: Deuteronomy 10:12–10:22
In this sermon podcast on Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Pastor Brent begins a 3-part series on the motivations for loving and caring for the orphan and for adoption.
What are the biblical motivations that compel God’s people to care for orphans through adoption and other ministry strategies? The New Testament does not command the believer to adopt or even care for the orphan. However, Scripture provides compelling reasons that move the believer to consider orphan care.
The most natural motivation for Christians to adopt children lies at the heart of the gospel. It is in the gospel that God adopts the sinner who has been orphaned from Him because of sin. The picture is vivid and dramatic. However, before we discover how the gospel compels adoption and orphan ministry, we must first consider the “God” of the gospel. At the core of God’s nature is the justice, love and mercy to care for the orphan.
In the Old Testament the LORD required the Israelites to care for the orphan. If the nation was faithful to fulfill these commands she would receive blessings from the LORD. But something more powerful would happen than just the reception of blessings. As the Israelites cared for the orphan as God prescribed, she revealed His nature to the nations!
And this truth extends beyond Israel and the Old Testament. New Testament believers are also called to be “imitators” of God. By caring for the orphan God’s people who have been adopted through Christ also make Him known and manifest His glory in the world.