Words from the Heart for Monday February 4th, 2019

If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.

Leviticus 25:35-36 (NIV)

 

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Refugees

Canada is accepting a higher proportion of asylum seekers than it has at any time in nearly three decades, a CBC News investigation last October discovered. CBC obtained almost 90,000 asylum claim decisions made by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada between January 2013 and September 2017. The acceptance rate increased significantly in the past five years, to 70% in the first nine months of 2017, up from 44% in 2013. The last time acceptance rates were this high was in 1991.

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We are reminded in the news these days of what has been described as the greatest movement of people since the end of the Second World War. Refugees from North Africa and the Middle East in particular are flooding European nations. The Bible speaks about how God’s people ought to respond to this great need. There are a couple of verses in Leviticus 25 that speak to this. Verses 35-36 say, “”If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.”” Notice something interesting in these verses. This is the call to help fellow Israelites who have become poor and unable to support themselves. The call is to help them as you would a foreigner and stranger. The Israelites were so good at helping the refugees amongst them, that they are called to help their fellow Israelites in the same way. What a lesson for us.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley