Today’s passage is Leviticus 19:33-34.
‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
This passage is very quick in making the point not to mistreat foreigners and to treat them as their own people. This is in line with the ethic of loving your neighbor and loving God, which are the two basis’ for the whole law according to Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40.
What is interesting to me is that the justification for this command is not only the fact that Israel were foreigners in Egypt, but also the very fact of the LORD’s name. The LORD revealed himself as the compassionate and gracious God that abounded in love and faithfulness, but would not hold back from judging people from their sin (Ex. 34). In his name is the concern and care for every Israelite and foreigner in the community that he chose to make his covenant people to be a light to the nations.
Let us also be a light to the nations and show God’s character of care toward the alien, immigrant, and the other in our own culture.