In response to Elizabeth’s words about refugees, the Pastor said, “Charitable organizations as we know them did not exist in Biblical times. Yet there were many foreigners who came to live in ancient Israel. God commanded they be treated justly. For example, these words are found in Deuteronomy, chapter 24:
“‘If you hire poor people to work for you, don’t hold back their pay, whether they are Israelites or foreigners who live in your town. . . . Make sure that orphans and foreigners are treated fairly. . . If you forget to bring in a stack of harvested grain, don’t go back in the field to get it. Leave it for the poor, including foreigners, orphans, and widows, and the Lord will make you successful in all do. When you harvest your olives, don’t try to get them all for yourself, but leave some for the poor. And when you pick your grapes, go over the vines only once, then let the poor have what is left. You lived in poverty as slaves in Egypt until the Lord your God rescued you. That is why I am giving you these laws.’”
Lord, open our hearts, and stir us to help those in need.