This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” (Zechariah 7:9–10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Justice, mercy and compassion. Qualities in short supply these days. Certainly not enough to “waste” on the widows, the fatherless, the aliens and the poor. The proverbial “least of these.” Least in esteem, least likely to receive justice, mercy and compassion. After all, what could they possibly give us in exchange? Why not oppress them and think evil of them? “If you love [only] those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:45–47, NIV 1984). But Jesus “had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Is it any wonder that Jesus had so much compassion for these, the downtrodden? “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor [widows, fatherless, aliens]. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18–19, NIV 1984). We must go and do likewise.