Deuteronomy 24:17-18 "The Foreigner." on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of April 3, 2017
Deuteronomy 24:17-18, “True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow’s garment as security for her debt. 18 Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you this command.”
Beloved, we are living in a day where there is a struggle in how to deal with foreigners and immigrants who come to our country and especially those who come illegally. We are a country of Laws and we certainly believe that all should obey the government and yet as Christians we live under grace and I believe that we sometimes forget about that grace.
We forget about it when we demand that the Law should be imposed upon those who break it and yet we are constant law breakers. So, what we should do and how should we respond to “illegals?” The Bible says that we must provide true justice to foreigners and to orphans. We do so because the Israelites were once slaves in Egypt and God redeemed them from their slavery just as we were once slaves to our sin and have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.
Beloved, I do not pretend to have all the answers when it comes to immigration and immigrants living illegally within our borders. But I do know one thing. I know that God would want me to treat them justly and to care for them while they were in my vicinity. This was a lesson that I learned as a young child.
I grew up alongside the train tracks and every so often there would be men walking north on the tracks. Occasionally some would stop and ask for water and food and my parents would feed them. We did not know them, though we would logically conclude that they were illegals travelling north for work. But, as I said, we would feed them and they would continue their way.
As Pastor Chuck would say, “I would rather error on the side of grace.” Beloved, may we learn to be gracious to the foreigner, the orphan, the widow and to one another! May we treat one another justly and may we extend God’s grace to all!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name-