People fleeing for better lives is nothing new

Immigration is very much a part of the Bible.

Abraham and his nephew Lot immigrated from their homeland to Canaan. Later Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, immigrated to Egypt where there was food. Of course, their families went with them.

Moses and later Joshua led thousands (caravans?) from Egypt to Canaan. Naomi and her family immigrated from Judah to Moab where there was food and years later with Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law, back to Judah where there was then food. There Ruth became the great-grandmother of David.

Along with Moses other famous immigrants were Joseph and Mary along with their son Jesus who fled Israel and found refuge (asylum?) in Egypt until it was safe to go back to their native country.

In the book of Leviticus (19: 33-34) we read, “When a foreigner lives with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The foreigner who lives with you shall be to you as the native among you, you shall love him as yourself; for you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

Finally, in the book of Deuteronomy (27: 19) we read, “Cursed be he who perverts the justice due to the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. And all of the people said ‘Amen.'”

Even though times have changed, have people changed, too?

Lundy Hooten

Marietta