Derek Prince: Orphans, Widows, the Poor and Oppressed (Transcript)

Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon titled ‘Who Cares for Orphans, Widows, the Poor and Oppressed? God does… Do we?’ which was delivered in San Antonio, Texas.

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

The slogan that our ministry has had for good many years is ‘reaching the unreached’, and ‘teaching the untaught’. And we have done that to the best of our ability.

I think my radio program is in about 13 languages. My books are in probably more than 18 nations and in more than 50 languages. But recently we got involved in Kosova. We didn’t plan it, God did it.

And we’ve added a new phrase to our slogan. It’s ‘reaching the unreached’, ‘teaching the untaught’, and ‘touching the untouched’. And really, that’s what I’m going to be talking about tonight.

I have a message which God has laid on my heart and which I will seek to communicate as faithfully as I can. I would like to begin from Philippians 3:9, where Paul says his prayer is that ‘I may be found in Him, [that’s Jesus] not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.’

I want to speak about that: the righteousness which is from God by faith. And I want to suggest to you that there’s only one kind of righteousness. It runs all through the Scriptures from the beginning to the end: the righteousness which is from God by faith.

And it’s a very practical righteousness. It’s not a religious kind of righteousness. It’s not sentimental, it is down to Earth. It is practical, and it is demonstrated in every age of God’s dealings with His people.

And I want to take you briefly through the various main ages of God’s dealing. I want to start with what we would call the PATRIARCHS, and I want to go to the Book of Job.

I have been so grabbed by this Book of Job just recently, I could never believe there was so much in it as I found lately. Basically, theologians, if you want to use that rather unpleasant word. I mean, I’m suspicious of theologians to say the truth. The word ‘theologian’ means the word of God.

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And if that’s what theologians were telling us, I’d be delighted. But most of the time it’s not; that’s a simple fact. Anyhow.

The main ages of God’s dealings, I would say, are the PATRIARCHS, including Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the LAW OF MOSES, the PROPHETS and the NEW TESTAMENT. And I want to look at the kind of righteousness God looks for in each of those ages. And I want to show you it never varies. It’s always the same. It’s very practical, it’s very down to Earth.

Let’s turn to the Book of Job 29:11 through 17. This is Job’s testimony of the way he lived, and God Himself bore testimony to Job that he was a righteous man. And this is what Job says. And these words have gripped me so much I can hardly get beyond them.

Job 29:11-17: ‘When the ear heard, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw, then it approved me, because I delivered the poor who cried out, and the fatherless and him who had no helper. The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the case that I did not know.’

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