Society's Outcasts

John DeJong

READ : Job 30:1-8

Job identifies with most all who were less blessed than himself. The word empathy could have been originated to describe Job.

This passage describes a group of people Job felt did not have even one redeeming quality. It has always been the same. For centuries it was the leper. In Jesus’ time shepherds were held in this low regard. For many Jews the Gentiles deserved this very low opinion. Today we would probably think he is talking about the homeless, “all vigor has gone from them, haggard from want and hunger, they gnawed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night…, their food was salt herbs (plant leaves just barely edible eaten only in a dire emergency). Their fuel the root of the broom tree. They were banished from their fellow men, shouted at as if they were thieves, they were forced to live in the dry stream beds (under bridges?). A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.”

However, Jesus loves and respects the so-called “dregs of society,” the lepers, harlots, thieves. There is a lesson here for us. According to Matthew 25:45 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me . . . they will go away to eternal punishment.

PRAYER

Father, teach us to be like You, despising no one, sharing Your love with everyone.