This post is written by Fouad Abou-Rizk, author of Humanitarian Prayers.
Why Standing With Refugees is Very Biblical was originally published in full on Humanitarian Prayers.
In this article, Fouad gives examples of Biblical refugees, including Jesus, that inspire us to stand with refugees in 2018.
Lets take a pause and define the word refugee, according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.
Sounds a lot like the Israelites, though Egypt wasn’t the country they belonged to (they had not yet claimed the land of Israel).
The first scripture I quoted from the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Bible, is in reference to the story of how God delivered his people from Egypt.
Another prominent example is from the Gospels.
Jesus was a refugee
In Chapter 2 in the Gospel according to Matthew, the magi come to visit the newly born Jesus.
In verse 13, an angel appeared to Joseph (Jesus’ father, sort of) in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt because Herod was searching for Jesus to destroy him.
King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because the messiah was prophesied to become the ruler of Israel, meaning he would no longer rule Israel.
Matthew 2:13-14 (NAB) reads,
When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. ‘
King Herod ordered that all boys in Bethlehem (where Jesus was born) under age two must be killed.
It was not until Herod died that the angel appeared to Joseph in Egypt telling him to bring his family back to Israel (verses 19-23).
Given this description of the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing to Egypt, it is fair to say that the Holy Family were refugees at one point in time.
In 2018, many refugees come from populations that don’t believe in Christianity, but each person is created in the image of God, loved by God, and therefore deserving of respect and compassion by all people.
Let’s Stand With Refugees.
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