What the Bible Says About Immigration

There is much debate and consternation about immigration today. Yet, God has told us how to deal with the matter.

In the bible you will discover His instructions are fair and just for the nation accepting immigrants and the immigrants themselves.

In the book of Numbers, God addressed the nation’s leaders, telling them to treat immigrants/strangers fairly. 

They were told not to oppress immigrants with unjust laws. And immigrants were told to obey the nation’s laws.

Listed below are five guidelines God gave His nation regarding immigration. He refers to immigrants as strangers, sojourners or foreigners.

Number 1: God designated sanctuary/cities of refuge for immigrants to flee to until they appeared in court for alleged crimes.

Numbers 35:11  Then ye shall appoint  you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

Number 2: God wants immigrants to be treated fairly and not oppressed by the legal system.

Exodus 23:9  Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt

Leviticus 19:33  And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.

Leviticus 19:34  But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Number 3: Since the nation is wealthy, God instructed them to provide financial assistance to poor immigrants when needed. The assistance wasn’t lavish but appeared to provide for basic necessities.

Leviticus 25:35  And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

Number 4: Immigrants must adhere to the nations laws.

Exodus 12:49  One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Lev 24:22  Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God

Number 5: Immigrants should embrace Christian principles. 

Leviticus 18:26  But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.

Isaiah 56:6  Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

Isaiah 56:7  Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

God Issued a Warning to the Nations Leaders:

In the book of Hosea God said Foreigners/Strangers would sap the nation’s strength but they would not realize it.

Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not:

They would not realize their strength was being sapped because they joined hands with mockers (Hosea 7:5) They would be deceived and senseless as they failed to honor God.

Hosea 7:11 “Ephraim is like a dove,  easily deceived and senseless—now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.

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