Remembering the Foreigner

Deuteronomy 26:9-13(NIV)

He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him. 11 Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household.

12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied. 13 Then say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded. I have not turned aside from your commands nor have I forgotten any of them.

I live in a country where the Government allows immigration of foreigners.  Late last year, the Government made a commitment to bring in over ten thousand Syrian refugees who have been displaced from their homes.  Many people freely gave to the newcomers with clothing to wear for the winter weather and made accommodations available so that they can have shelter on a temporary basis.

In the past, I thought God was very exclusive and only the Israelites can have a relationship with God.  This shows that even foreigners were accepted as long as they adopted God’s commands and took on direction that God gave to the Israelites.  God hated it when the Israelites were doing detestable acts that the other Pagan nations were doing.  God set them apart and He wanted the foreigner, the fatherless and widow to be taken care of.  God is a caring and loving God.  He knows that many of us are foreigners and He has accepted us into His Kingdom.

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