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A Point of Focus

As I sift through a treasure trove of information on hospitality, especially in the Old Testament, I focus on something that has somehow eluded me in times past. I’ve found it in two separate scriptures:

  • Deuteronomy 10:18  “He [God] administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.”
  • Psalm 146:9 “The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and the widow….”

A comment from the JewishEncyclopedia.com article, “Hospitality,” lends even greater acuity:

“The ‘ger,’ the sojourner who lived with a Hebrew family or clan, was assured by the Biblical law not only of protection against oppression (Exodus 23:9) and deceit (Leviticus 19:33), but also of love from the natives (Deuteronomy 16:14), who were to love him even as themselves (Leviticus 19:34)….”

A page from Leviticus, in the Samaritan bible

God Himself loves the stranger and keeps him under His special protection. By His actions He models the scope, depth, and meaning of true hospitality.

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