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How does God respond to the unwanted?

Ezekiel 16:6-8But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’ And I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your hair grew, though you were still naked. And when I passed by and saw you again, you were old enough to be married. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine.

Psalm 27:10Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

Psalm 66:20Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me.

God loves the unwanted.

Genesis 16:7The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a desert spring along the road to Shur.

God pursues the unwanted.

Isaiah 56:8For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel.

Ephesians 2:12, 15In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God’s people, Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope . . . By his death he ended the whole system of Jewish law that excluded the Gentiles. His purpose was to make peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new person from the two groups.

God accepts the unwanted.

Genesis 29:31, 33But because Leah was unloved, the Lord let her have a child, while Rachel was childless . . . She soon became pregnant again and had another son. She named him Simeon, for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”

Psalm 72:13He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.

God has compassion on the unwanted.

Job 34:28So they cause the poor to cry out, catching God’s attention. Yes, he hears the cries of the needy.

Psalm 22:24For he has not ignored the suffering of the needy. He has not turned and walked away. He has listened to their cries for help.

Psalm 34:6I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears.

Psalm 69:32The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.

Psalm 86:1Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.

Isaiah 41:17“When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.

When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never forsake them.

God hears the unwanted.

Deuteronomy 10:17-18“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.

The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and takes no bribes. He gives justice to orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.

Psalm 147:3He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.

God ministers to the unwanted.

Psalm 109:30-31But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone. For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.

Psalm 140:12But I know the Lord will surely help those they persecute; he will maintain the rights of the poor.

God intervenes on the behalf of the unwanted.

Exodus 23:10-11“Plant and harvest your crops for six years, but let the land be renewed and lie uncultivated during the seventh year. Then let the poor among you harvest whatever grows on its own. Leave the rest for wild animals to eat. The same applies to your vineyards and olive groves.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29“At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town. Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.

Deuteronomy 26:12-13Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. You must give these tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows so that they will have enough to eat in your towns. Then you must declare in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘I have taken the sacred gift from my house and have given it to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, just as you commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten any of your commands.

God provides for the unwanted.

Isaiah 41:10Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Deuteronomy 31:6So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

God strengthens, helps, supports, and leads the unwanted.

Psalm 146:9The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

Jeremiah 49:11But I will preserve the orphans who remain among you. Your widows, too, will be able to depend on me for help.

Psalm 12:5The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”

Isaiah 25:4But to the poor, O Lord, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall.

God protects the unwanted.

Psalm 10:14, 17-18But you do see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in you. You are the defender of orphans . . . Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.

Psalm 68:5-6Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

God defends and vindicates the unwanted.

Jeremiah 22:3This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!

Zechariah 7:10Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And do not make evil plans to harm each other.

God forbids the oppression of the unwanted. Furthermore, he commands us to be fair-minded, just, and do what is right with no mistreatment towards the unwanted.

Deuteronomy 27:19‘Cursed is anyone who is unjust to foreigners, orphans, and widows.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’

Exodus 22:22-24“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.

Do not exploit widows or orphans. If you do and they cry out to me, then I will surely help them. My anger will blaze forth against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Your wives will become widows, and your children will become fatherless.

Jeremiah 5:27-29Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And now they are great and rich. They are fat and sleek, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord. “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?

Ezekiel 22:7-13Fathers and mothers are treated with contempt. Foreigners are forced to pay for protection. Orphans and widows are wronged and oppressed among you. You despise my holy things and violate my Sabbath days of rest. People accuse others falsely and send them to their death. You are filled with idol worshipers and people who do obscene things. Men sleep with their fathers’ wives and force themselves on women who are menstruating. Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors’ wives, who defile their daughters-in-law, or who rape their own sisters. There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere. They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord. “But now I clap my hands in indignation over your dishonest gain and bloodshed.

God promises judgment against those who oppress the unwanted.

Isaiah 53:3He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

Luke 2:34Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, “This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and it will be their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy to many others.

Luke 9:22“For I, the Son of Man, must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “I will be rejected by the leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. I will be killed, but three days later I will be raised from the dead.”

Luke 17:25But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.

God empathizes with the unwanted with first-hand knowledge.