Deuteronomy 10:19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt

Deuteronomy 10:19 "Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." This scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy espouses the spirit of accepting the ways of others, in the same way that we ask others to take us as we are. For Moses and the Israelites a season of great change was coming, and it was during this transformative time that the prophecies and laws of God were delivered to the people.

In this era a crisis had come in the life of Israel. The time of wandering in the wilderness was soon to change to that of residence in cities and villages. Soon would end the dependence upon heavenly manna and the people would begin to cultivate the fields. To live a just life of peace and righteousness would depend upon a strict observance of the laws.

Very soon the children of Moses would be tested by a belief system that was as yet unknown to them. The new religion of Canaan was one against which they must be put on guard. The most seductive forms of idolatry would be met everywhere, at all times. And for the people there would be great danger of yielding to it. The purpose of the Book of Deuteronomy was to lead Israel to obedience and to warn them against disobedience. The spirit and aim of the law is explained in such a way as to present both encouragement and warning, a spiritual and philosophical "stick and carrot" approach.

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