Meditation

06/18/2020

Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. (Exodus22:21)

God’s people are to protect foreigners in our midst without property and to treat them properly. One can say these times are different; yet, foreigners or aliens are not so different. They are attempting to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Our system to help them needs correcting and improving, but the goal is still the same.

Human rights are to be a concern fro those who serve the purposes of God. A loving God made provision for the protection of he vulnerable, widows, and orphans. These were pitiably helpless in ancient times and to some degree still are.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, as Christians, we are to help those who are without homes, food, money, and in most cases hope. Our churches are to be on the forefront of the efforts to help those who are in our midst, as they have few, if any, means to help themselves. Abba, guide us by Your Spirit to the proper care of those most needy and let us reach out to them in Christ’s love, that they might not take flight, but come to us for help and whatever need they may have. In Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Prayer should be our first resource—-not our last resort.

KNOWING GOD:

When an alien lies with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus19:3334)

Foreigners in the midst of God’s people are to be included in the scope of the caring neighbor’s love that characterizes the lives of those who serve God faithfully.

God’s disciples are to love such homeless foreigners as we do ourselves. We are to treat them as we would our own family members, with love and caring. We are to offer them food, shelter, and a means so they can help themselves.

I AM:

The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the Lord. The same laws and regulations will apply both to yo and to the alien living among you. One and the same law applies to every one who sins unintentionally, whether he is a native-born Israelite or an alien.” (Numbers 15:15-16, 29)

God’s law is the same for homeless foreigners as for His chosen people. God views the sins of both the same. To treat the wrongdoing of homeless foreigners in a different way is to mistreat them. Also, citizenship should carry equal responsibilities and rewards, whether one is a native or naturalized citizen.

Second Thought of the Day:

For the Lord your God is God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of he fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy10:17-19)

The Lord our God shows no partiality and accepts no bribes, nor should His people either. God loves and defends the rights of those whom others oppress and mistreat.

Our God leads His people to do the same thing. Homeless foreigners are of special concern to Him, as all people would be. So the question is, how well are our churches doing in taking care of those who are aliens or homeless? Are we waiting on someone else to do something or are we pitching in to try and help them?

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