Lesson 5 Review: The Stranger in Your Gates

Lesson 5 The Stranger in Your Gates

Introduction

Memory Text:” ‘Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt’ “(Deuteronomy 10:19, NKJV).

The second greatest as added by Jesus when He was asked by the Scribes about the greatest commandment is “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” The whole commandment is summed up in love, both for man and God and these are the greatest.

What does the circumcision in Deuteronomy 10:14-16 signify?

The circumcision is not just the outward sign, while our outward parts are circumcised, we also need to circumcise within (our hearts). This implies that they pay full loyalty to God, serving Him with all their mind and soul.

What does Deuteronomy 10:17-19 tell about God’s love?

God’s love is not restricted to a group of people or sect, He loves the widow, the fatherless, the helpless, the wretched, and everything on earth. No sparrow falls to the ground without the knowledge of God, just as He loves you, He loves every other one and every other thing. Just as God loves everyone we must love them too.

What was God’s command on How the Israelites were expected to live with the weak among them?

They were to treat the weak ones among them with fairness and justice, it was also pointed out to the Israelites that they were once slaves in the land of Egypt. As encapsulated in Matthew 7:12, we are to do to others what we will have them do to us.

Why is it essential that we judge righteously?

It is essential that we judge rightly, it is not possible to be holy and mistreat others at the same time. Deut. 1:16; Deut. 16:19; Deut. 24:17 and Deut. 27:19 all buttresses the fact that the stranger, poor, fatherless, and all the like should be judged rightly.

What is the pure religion before God?

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

In Conclusion,

God’s instruction to the Israelites to love the stranger tells us that we cannot be righteous when we oppress people among us. God loves all equally and we are to do the same, just as strangers may not deserve our love, we do not deserve God’s love too but still, God loves us all. I pray that we practice pure religion in Jesus’ name.

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