MMM Day 20: Love Foreigners

March Mitzvot Madness Day 20

Love is such an essential characteristic of YHWH Himself and is a foundational element of what He expects of His people. Here’s an example of this mitzvot that may pinch a bit. Small towns in America should familiarize themselves with this command. Those who move into your communities that aren’t fifth generation residents of the area should be loved and welcomed instead of made to feel like outsiders and unwanted. Of course, not all communities are unwelcoming. But in those that are, it is an ugly scene. Many of us have experienced this scenario, being considered outsiders (or even “interlopers”) regardless of how long we’ve lived somewhere. And, regrettably, our own home towns may have exhibited this unwelcome spirit as well. As individuals, we can choose obedience regardless of what the “herd” does around us.

You must neither wrong nor oppress a foreigner living among you, for you yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt. ~~ Exodus 22: 20

Therefore you are to love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. ~~ Deuteronomy 10: 19   

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