Is Immigration a Biblical Issue?

First of all, this is not an endorsement or condemnation of Donald Trump or the U.S. government’s immigration policies in general.  This article is simply addressing biblical interpretation errors and other fallacies in a Washington Post article written by a Yale Divinity School professor which takes issue with Franklin Graham’s insistence that immigration is not a Bible issue.  Here is the article:
 
 
This is not the first article I have read this week on this subject.  All of them have a common theme: Christians should let anyone immigrate to the United States because of how “strangers” are treated in the Bible.  Here’s my take:

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Let There Be Light

God created light on the first day.

Genesis 1:2-5  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

God created the basic physical existence of the universe in Genesis 1:1.  Now He sets His focus on the Earth.

First, although created, it was not completed.  That’s why it was formless and void, meaning incomplete and empty. Continue reading

God Keeps His Promises

Exodus 2:23-25  And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried , and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

In Genesis 12, God made a covenant with Abraham.  God promised him a land, a seed, and a blessing.  In the remaining chapters of Genesis, God several times expanded and clarified His promises to Abraham and identified his son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob, as the ones through whom the covenant would be fulfilled.

In the book of Exodus, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are dead.  Jacob’s children (Israel) are in bondage in Egypt and cry out to God, Who remembers His promises (vs. 24).

When the Bible states that God “remembers” something, it doesn’t mean that He forgot about it.  It simply means that God is going to act upon something that had been dormant for a period of time.

Verse 25 states that God had “respect” to the children of Israel.  As later passages will demonstrate, this wasn’t because the Israelites deserved respect.  Rather, this was a demonstration of God’s faithfulness and grace.  God had made specific promises to this nation and was intent on keeping them.  The covenant was unconditional and Israel would see its fulfillment regardless of their faithfulness to God.

God has shown Himself to be trustworthy because He always keeps His promises.

Preface to the Ten Commandments

We often refer to the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai.  I was recently rereading them and the two verses preceding the Commandments caught my eye.  Here they are:

Exodus 20:1-2 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

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Who Is Like God?

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

This simple verse communicates a profound truth by way of a rhetorical question.  Nobody can be compared to God.  He is unique in His essence, quality, and character.  He is the Creator and He is transcendent from His creation. Continue reading