Strangers?

people-04In my time with God this morning, I was reading in Deuteronomy 10. The passage says this…

“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”

Now, I have learned from the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 10 that the record of the Old Testament and everything Israel went through was for our admonition. It was a warning to us. I have often thought of Israel’s story as the story of the believer. As Israel was redeemed from Egypt so we were redeemed from our Egypt of slavery to sin. As Israel was blessed with a covenant that God Himself is the guarantee so we have a covenant with Christ Himself as the guarantee. As Israel fell away and was called back to repentance so are we. As Israel was accepted back time and time again so are we. I suppose you get the point. Whatever God has done with Her He may do with us. The principles of the Law are GOOD and we ought to heed them. We ought to fall upon the rock of Christ for strength to accomplish such morality on earth.

Here the Lord warns Israel to take care of strangers, of orphans and widows. As the church we can do no less! When a stranger comes in or when we are among strangers that don’t know the Lord yet, we should care for them, remembering that we ourselves were once strangers from the tender mercies of God as our father, perhaps only knowing Him as our creator and not yet our redeemer.

Looking to Jesus and His example I would even take it a step further, that there are other children of God that may not seem to be as we are, they may not share some of the same dogmatic ‘doctrines’ but they share the unequivocal belief that Jesus is God in the flesh come to redeem His creation, that the Bible is the inspired revealed Word of God. These ‘strangers’ are no ‘strangers’ no longer but brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us love one another and pray for one another and treat one another with kindness even when we may disagree. Let us show with the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts to whom we belong!