9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident; I am Yahweh your God.” – Leviticus 19.
This command to God’s people is predicated by the call in v1 to “Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy”.
God cares for the poor and so should his people. We recently observed how this command was enacted by Boaz in the book of Ruth. Boaz even went beyond the command and acted like Yahweh, showing faithful love (hesed) to Ruth and Naomi in the midst of their poverty.
Living in suburban Sydney, we don’t work the land and receive a harvest. Yet the principle of not being tight fisted toward the poor with the return we get from our labour should still be applied, (Deuteronomy 15:7-11).
Indeed our giving to the poor, especially those in the household of God, is spoken of as “giving to the Lord”, (Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 35:31-40). Withholding from the poor displays our lack of trust in God and damages our spiritual life, (Proverbs 28:27, Luke 18:22-23).
Since 1952 Compassion has been working to release children from poverty. There are more than 50 people from Jannali Anglican currently sponsoring children through Compassion.
Compassion is Christ Centred, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in a culturally relevant way.
Compassion is Child Focused, recognising they are the hardest hit by poverty. Compassion addresses the holistic needs of the individual child so that they can become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults, equipped to change their communities
Compassion is Church Based, understanding that local congregations can best identify the specific needs of children in their community
Compassion graduate Rafonzel Fazon-Pabunag will share her story at our Saturday Church this weekend.
Rafonzel, though born in a crowded slum, was nurtured by God, mentored by Compassion staff and went on to graduate from the Philippines’ top university.
There will also be opportunity after the service to find out more about child sponsorship through Compassion.