Immigration and the Bible

Throughout the Bible, God’s people are called to love migrants. From Genesis to Revelation, we see that God desires that we help the most vulnerable in our midst, especially the sojourner. Leviticus issues a call to love the sojourners in our midst, treating them as if they were one of our citizens. (Leviticus 19:33-34) Hebrews tells us that in opening our homes to guests, we may be “entertaining angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

Jesus himself was a sojourner. Jesus’ begins his earthly life fleeing to Africa as a refugee in Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-18) Jesus says that to welcome the sojourner is to welcome him. (Matthew 26:35)

As you study scripture, take some time engaging with the passages listed here and in the paragraph above. Ask yourself how they relate to the current global immigration crisis.

  • Genesis Chapters 37-47
  • Exodus 1; 22:21
  • Ruth
  • Luke 10:25-37
  • Matthew 12:9-14
  • Matthew 25
  • Luke 16:19-21