Weekly Devotional | August 23, 2018

matthew2535For I was a stranger
By Eld. Lloyd Roberts

If you have ever sat through a college lecture, you probably witnessed this scene. A hand shoots up and a voice asks, “Please, Dr. Ashcraft, will this be on the final?”

Everyone wants to know what questions will be asked on the final exam.

Certainly, by the time you have survived to be a junior or senior, you should be able to write the final exam questions out as well as your professor. Instructors are good at leaving bread crumbs and other clues the discerning student recognizes as hints to exam questions.

Still, there is always some kid who wants to know for sure.

Christians can often be like uncertain college students not wanting to waste time on material, although perhaps interesting and informative, but won’t be asked at final exam time. “Oh Lord,” they seemingly pray, “let me study just hard enough to get a C and pass.”

It doesn’t seem to matter that all exams for the faithful are open book. The answers are right in front of them, but they still want to hear from the person with all the letters after their name what the answer is.

A simple Google search will reveal 64 verses in the Holy Bible concerning how God’s people should treat strangers. They are remarkably consistent.

“’When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. ‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.”Leviticus 19:33-34

“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35

When a prof repeats a point four times in a lecture, you should have a pretty fair idea that you will see a question about it sometime in the future.

Do you have any doubt how we treat strangers will be on the final exam?


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