The Prophets and Immigration- I Was A Stranger passages

Today is the Immigration Reform conference at Multnomah University presented by New Wine, New Wineskins. Registration starts at 8:30. You should come! In this post I will list the passages from the prophetic books in the Old Testament that deal with the foreigner and alien. I would encourage you to do a lot of studying of the context of these books, authors, and audience.

Jeremiah 7:5-7

If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever.

Jeremiah 22:3

This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Ezekiel 22:6-7

‘See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood. In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreignerand mistreated the fatherless and the widow.

Ezekiel 22:29

The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.

Zechariah 7:10

Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.

Malachi 3:5

“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.

What seems pretty clear to me is that God was concerned about how Israel treated the foreigners among them. In light of this I think that is important that we are concerned about how we treat foreigners, immigrants, and even undocumented persons in our own country. It is not about whether we agree with how they are living here, but it should be about making sure we use the opportunity we have to get to know them to share the person and ministry of Jesus Christ with them because they are in need of spiritual salvation as much as they are political, economic, and religious freedoms. I really hope you keep up with my updates of the conference the rest of the day and that you even come to hear it for yourself!

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