“Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
This warning is against mistreating foreigners by taking legal advantage of them through both harsh an unjust treatment in the courts. Such persons are a special kind of homeless and require a special kind of protection. God’s people concern themselves with the rights of homeless foreigners as well as all other human rights. These times are especially challenging as our borders in the U.S. Are being inundated with a swelling of people who want to enter this country. There are serious issues on both sides, but the answer is to process people to get court dates, for temporary or permanent basis, and not mistreat the people coming in, and the people who live on the borders who are being swarmed with people crossing the boarders. Being just seems to have taken a back seat to the process, but we must show compassion and justice to all. Easier said than done, but this is the only true justice for all.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we celebrated Thanksgiving and now the mad dash for Christmas presents has begun. It should be a time Abba, that people consider all that You have done for us, and it seems we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. It is a celebration, but one of Your entering Your creation to provide the long awaited Messiah, the One coming to bring salvation to Your people, to give instruction for how we are to live our lives, and to prepare for the day that He will return again. He entered as a baby, but will return in all His glory. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus is a real friends, because He knows your faults but love you anyway.”
“When an alien lives 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.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Foreigners in the midst of God’s people are to be included in the scope of the caring neighbor love that characterizes the lives of those who serve God faithfully. God’s followers are to love such homeless foreigners as we do ourselves.
“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 he same before the Lord. The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you. One and the same law applies to everyone 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 everyone, whether they are homeless foreigners or His chosen people. God views the sins of both the same or equally. To treat the wrongdoing of homeless foreigners in a different way is to mistreat them.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accept no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and love the alien, giving food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for your yourselves were aliens in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
In our country we all came from somewhere else, except for the native-born Indians. So when God refers to our being once aliens in Egypt, don’t think that lets us off the hook, because our ancestors came from different countries from all over the world. In fact, we weren’t openly welcomed universally by the Indians when our ancestor arrived here either. We were the foreigners.
God shows no partiality and accepts no bribes, nor should His people. God loves and defends the rights of those whom others oppress and mistreat. He leads His people to do the same thing. Homeless foreigners are of special concern to Him, as do we. God wants us to live in harmony, serving Him, for He provides for His people, all of them