I am an alien!
February 12, 2020: SOAP #3723: Leviticus 18-19; Psalm 13; Acts 19
Scripture: Leviticus (NIV) 19:33 “'When an alienlives with you in your land, do not ill-treat him. 34 The alien living with youmust be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you werealiens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
Observation: Thereare two reasons given in this passage for Israel to treat the non-citizens,later known as Gentiles, –to treat them with respect and help them with theirneeds. One reason was because they hadbeen aliens in Egypt for 400 years. Egypthad taken them in and saved them from the seven-year drought.
The other reason was because God was their LORD! The Creator of heaven and earth, the Creator ofman. He is the ultimate authority. He has every right to tell us how to treateach other. We are foolish to ignore Hiscommand! To God, the aliens were asvaluable as Israelites.
Application: My mom'sfamily, and my dad's family, came to the United States in the 1870s. It seems to me that a large majority ofpeople in our nation have roots in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Central and South America. Wehave a history of being immigrants.
And surely a high percentage of US citizens live within 5 miles, or cross pathsevery day with people who have been in our nation for less than a year. We have opportunity to 'love them asourselves,' as the Lord commanded the Israelites. Weshould treat them as though they belong here. We should expect them to obey our laws as we do.
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, help me to remember that I am an alien on earth. I am here temporarily; I am passing through onmy way to heaven. Use me to bring others with me when I enter my heavenly home.Use me to help others along the way. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!