Thursday, April 18, 2013

God on immigrants--1

From The Torah

 ". . .there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you."  Exodus 12:49 (Leviticus 24:22)

"You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21

"You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." Exodus 23:9

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of you vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien:  I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:9-10 (23:22)

"When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:33-34


Anonymous said...

Nothing like taking the subject out of context, Mr. James.

A good book on this subject is:

"The Immigration Crisis, Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible"

By James Hoffmeier

John Vinson gives a review of the book to give an idea of what it contains. Just google his name and the book.

Anonymous said...

There are many quotes in the Bible that clearly define borders as a priority.

Deuteronomy 32:8, 19:14, 27:17

Numbers 34:6, 34:12

Proverbs 22:28,

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that LJ can't accept the truth about what illegals are doing to this country. If he doesn't agree he just delets it.

Larry James said...

Anon 5:07, I delete that which is not true.

Anonymous said...

We need border security and repeal the law that permits anchor babies. If these two things were done, we would not have to go through this madness again.

Rosten said...
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Rosten said...

Deut. 32:8 appears to be about boundaries between the tribes of the nation of Israel.

Deut. 19:14 appears to be about not stealing land, most likely between neighboring Israelite families/tribes.

Deut. 27:17 appears to be about the same thing as 19:14, but appears to be more explicitly about land among the Israelites.

Numbers 34 appears to be about both international and inter-tribal borders. These do not appear to be moral commands from God, mostly factual/instructional. Side note: I don't want to live in Scorpion Pass (verse 4), but I sure want to know why it's called that.

Proverbs 22:8 appears to be along the same lines as Deuteronomy 19:14 and 27:17...not a moral injunction to keep borders secure, but a moral injunction to not steal land.

I'm not saying that you couldn't make an argument that those verses are actually about border control. What I am saying is that from a quick reading including the context surrounding the verses, I am not convinced.

Rosten said...

Sorry, double post.