“If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. And if the man does not wish to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband's brother refuses to perpetuate his brother's name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.’ Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’ then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.’ And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.’
by: Kennedy Ochs.
We have a duty to care for our family—not in the same way an Israelite man was expected to care for his deceased brother’s wife, but definitely making sure their needs are met. Those who are without support are our responsibility to care for. Not only that, but we have a duty to keep those among us accountable for the duties they must fulfil as well. If someone we know is not caring for those we are responsible for, we must step in. And in turn, if we are not caring for our family properly, hopefully our friends and authority figures will step in and guide us to do what is right. This is what it means to be a family in Christ.