don’t glean the vines!
“When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.”
Deuteronomy 24:21-22 NLT
Empathize & Have Mercy!
The Lord our God kept reminding the people of Israel that they were once slaves and destitute in a foreign land so that they may EMPATHIZE with the foreigners, the poor, the orphans, the widows and anyone who is in distress or trouble! Our MERCIFUL GOD desires that His children be like Him merciful towards others. He wants us to be PROACTIVELY merciful not simply REACTIVELY merciful. It is not ONLY when someone comes our way needing mercy that we are to extend mercy to them. In Deut. 24:21-22, the Lord instructs the Israelites to think ahead when gathering the grapes and act in a specific way keeping in mind the need of others so as to be merciful towards them.