“I was a Stranger” Days 8 & 9 – Numbers 15:14-16, Deuteronomy 1:16-17

Numbers 15:14-16

14 And if a stranger is sojourning with you, or anyone is living permanently among you, and he wishes to offer a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the Lord, he shall do as you do. 15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord. 16 One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.”

Deuteronomy 1:16-17

16 And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. 17 You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’’

One of the things that stood out to us in this passage is that there is ONE LAW, regardless of foreigner or citizen. And I think about Jesus, as the “new law”, as the judge, that he has died for us and forgiven us our many sins and thus we too should be merciful. For those situations which are difficult, we must always remember to take to God in prayer and allow him to judge those situations which are beyond us.

 

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