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Compassion for the hurting widow!

Scripture reading for March 19th:  Deuteronomy 6-9, Luke 7

Key Scriptures: Luke 7:12-15 “As He drew near to the gate of the town, behold a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “Do not weep.”  Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”

As God had commanded His people in the Old Testament law, Jesus was caring and compassionate towards a widow.  This widow had lost her only son and would be left without support.   The funeral procession was passing by and Jesus reached out and touched the bier containing the body.  He spoke to the body of the man and commanded him to arise.  To the amazement of all (except Jesus), the young man arose and began to speak!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your demonstrated compassion for the hurting and for orphans and widows.  Fill me with Your heart of love and compassion and use me to bring life and restoration.  Multiply Your kingdom!

Deuteronomy 7:12-13 “And because you listen to theses rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that He swore to your fathers.  He will love you and bless you, and multiply you.”  

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Faith moved by compassion!

Scripture reading for March 12:  Luke 7, Psalm 51, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures: Luke 7:12-15  “As He drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was  being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up and began to speak and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

Jesus encountered a funeral procession with the body of a young man who had recently died and followed by the mother and a crowd of mourners.  Luke says Jesus was moved by compassion to speak to the mother, telling her not to weep.  He then came and touched the bier where the body lay and spoke to the young man, telling him to arise.  The young man immediately sat up and began to speak!  The love of Jesus moved Him to speak comfort and life in the face of hopeless grief and death.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, thank You for filling me with Your great love and compassion through the Holy Spirit.  Help me to allow You to use me to speak life into places of fear and death.  Action step:  As God directs, speak life to someone you know who is in fear or despair.

Proverbs 20:28 “Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.”

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