I Was A Stranger passages in Wisdom Literature

Here are a few passages mentioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table within the wisdom literature of the Old Testament that I wanted to post and discuss briefly.

Job 29:16

I was a father to the needy;
I took up the case of the stranger.

In Job’s final defense towards God he mentioned that he took up the case of the stranger. While nothing that Job says can really justify himself towards the God of the universe, I think that it is important to note that caring for the foreigner and immigrant is a quality that would be desirous to have because of the testimony it gives to others about the compassion and care that God has put in your heart.

Psalm 94:1-7 (emphasis on verse 6-7)

The Lord is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?

They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
 They crush your people, Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.
They slay the widow and the foreigner;
    they murder the fatherless.
They say, “The Lord does not see;
    the God of Jacob takes no notice.”

The mistreatment of people, especially the vulnerable does not go unnoticed by God. Israel had much to pay for when God let them be taken into captivity because of their sin and unwillingness to obey his laws and commands with a loving heart.

Psalm 146 (emphasis on verse 9).

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to God using this Psalm to reflect on God’s justice, goodness, and faithfulness. Ask him to give peace to those who are immigrants or in the process of immigration and that he would put a hunger in their hearts to know the truth that is in and through Jesus Christ.

 

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