33 ˜When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
To love your neighbor is a commandment given by God (If you see “I am the LORD your God”, you know that is some of the most important teachings in the Old Testament). God is just. He treats everyone in a fair manner. He is the God of poor and needy. In this same way, He expects us to do the same. In this passage, the Israelites are reminded that they were foreigners in Egypt. God’s people were referred as Hebrew, basically mean foreigner. Show your kindness to the foreigner, as you all needed that. This concept does not change in the New Testament, Peter reminds the disciples that you are all aliens and foreigners in this world (1 Peter 2:11).
When Jesus was asked what is the most important commandment. He replied to love God and then to love your neighbor as yourself. And it is more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices!
Love is the central theme in the Bible. God wants us to love beyond our emotion, our relation and our reasoning, but to love unconditional.
I know so many people they are immigrants. Contrary to certain political viewpoint, immigrants are usually law-abiding. Even more, they are in general more receptive to the Gospel message (When a person goes in a new place, the person in general will be more open to new idea).
Let us see thing in God’s perspective and understand why this is happening. God places them among us so that we can show them the love of God and they will become a “citizen of the Kingdom”. This is the heart of God and it is also our responsibility.
September 8, 2017