Our 8th passage is Leviticus 23:22
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.
Again, God reminds the Israelites to not glean at the edges of their fields in order for the poor and foreigner to be able to get food for sustenance.
Do you ever wonder sometimes why the laws are repeated or referenced to so often in the Old Testament? I think it’s because we have a very short attention span and memory. Remember when the Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt because they thought wandering in the desert was worst? Isn’t it peculiar how short their memory served them for?
This is the same instance in the desire to see immigration reform. Seeing the consistency, repetition, and hard work that is put in by people will help us see that justice can be a real struggle. In the words of Gary Haugen, Founder of International Justice Mission, “Justice can be very long and boring.” Thankfully, we can continue to trust God to preserve us for the long haul by being in his word and prayer daily, and seeking to see even the smallest victories of loving others and encouraging words as part of a larger picture.