Devotions for April 5, 2017

LEVITICUS 19:33-37

33 “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. 34 Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

35 “Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or volume. 36 Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry materials or liquids must be accurate.[a] I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

37 “You must be careful to keep all of my decrees and regulations by putting them into practice. I am the Lord.”

PSALM 146:5-9

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel[a] as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
7 He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

THE FATHER WHO CARES FOR “THEM”

The scriptures often describe God as the protector of the fatherless, powerless, and exiled. Rightly so, as these people groups are easy targets for the wicked. Our perfect Father, however, delights in justice, equity, and love.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why should the people of Israel care for the stranger who comes to their land? How does God help them focus on the heart of the matter?

Q: In what ways were you once a stranger to God and His mercy?

Q: As you bring the Gospel to others, why is it important to remember your past standing as a foreigner and stranger to God’s household?

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