“The L ORD had said to Abram, Leave... Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
The Beginning Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 17 But the L ORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
“I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead” (Genesis 23:3).
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
The Law 12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the L ORD your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the L ORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the L ORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the L ORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
The Law “When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34 “The land [of Canaan] must not be sold permanently because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.” Leviticus 25:23
The Law “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him.” Deuteronomy 10:17-20
The Prophets “They sell the righteous for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed” (Amos 2:6b-7a). “Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong; learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the case of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:15-17).
Ruth 20 “Don’t call me Naomi, b ” she told them. “Call me Mara, c because the Almighty d has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the L ORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The L ORD has afflicted e me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” 22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. b c d e
Ruth 8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
Ruth 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the L ORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the L ORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman- redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” 16 Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son.” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Matthew 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 7
Final Considerations First: Jesus, is it you again? Second: Reasonable Laws Third: Real People Have Names and Stories
Hebrews “By faith Abraham... was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died... and they admitted they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:11-16).