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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 3 (What’s a Sojourner?)

The Torah contains many commands regarding sojourners, treating them as a vulnerable class that God especially is concerned to protect. For example, (Exod. 22:21-24 ESV) 21 “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 2 (Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall)

The OT book of Nehemiah is remarkably readable — and I’ve just read it. It recounts the story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to the king of Persia. After the Southern Kingdom (Judah) was taken into Babylonian Captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, the Persians … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 1 (The Walls of Jerusalem)

I have to start with a confession. I have trouble staying awake when the preacher starts a sermon bringing up Nehemiah and building walls. I do. It’s just that I’ve heard it so many times before. It’s as though preachers … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 0 (Introduction)

Way back in May 2016 I posted a series called “On Sojourners, Walls and Illegal Aliens.” I’m going to repost the 7-part series and then extend it by just a post or two — all running concurrently with the present … Continue reading

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