Welcoming Outsiders – Pastor Nathan Randall
Welcoming Outsiders – Deuteronomy 10:17-19 & Matthew 25:34-46
God expands the notion of hospitality to include more than meals. Hospitality became central to the very identity for what it meant to be the People of God, “Treat the foreigner as your native-born,” Leviticus 19:9 – Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. It’s a commandment echoed in Deuteronomy 10. And, later in the Old Testament, God’s prophets remind Israel and Judah that God will judge them based on how they care for the widow, the orphan, and the stranger—that is, by the degree to which they provide outsiders with the privileges that automatically come to those who are part of the community.