God’s heart for the outcast, broken-hearted, and unloved shines in today’s reading. He shows care for slave women, unloved wives with firstborn son, wives falsely accused by their husbands, brother with lost items, women who were raped, runaway slaves, poor servants, strangers, fatherless, widows, and so forth. They might not be seen by society, but God sees them, loves them, protects them, and will take vengeance on anyone mistreating them.
When Jesus comes on the scene, we will see that He has the same heart as His Father, a heart for the outcast. “And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17) “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:32)
Today’s reading ends with Moses telling the Israelites to remember when the Amalekites attacked them when they came out of Egypt. He says once settled in the land they are to “blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.” Later we will see the downfall of a king due to his disobedience with the Lord’s orders against the Amalekites.
Tomorrow Moses gives the Israelites instructions for a corporate ceremony they will perform when they cross the Jordan in to the promised land. Keep reading.