Before the Lord

I have spoken many times about the separation, about how God’s people are set apart, how the Israelites were treated differently, how God made a distinction between His people and others.

In this Scripture we see where that distinction between Israelite and other disappears. There is no separation before the Lord.

The scripture says, “You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord.” The sojourner is a foreigner who has come to live among them. This includes people like Rahab and Ruth.

They become one of God’s people. Although blood lines play a role in God’s story, God’s people aren’t defined by their blood. They are defined by the blood of Christ, first signified in the blood of the flawless animal sacrifices.

Just as Christians of all nationalities today become part of Israel by faith in Christ, a foreigner back then was able to choose to become one of the chosen ones.

God’s invitation to come to Him is open to everyone, and once in the door, we all become one people, citizens of one heavenly nation.

Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The outward, daily reality of these things didn’t change when they came to Christ. Paul uses his Roman citizenship. He doesn’t deny it.

But there’s a place where those outward things disappear, and it’s before the Lord. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance; He looks at the heart.

That’s not just about how tall and good looking someone is. God doesn’t look at the wealth, the position, the status, the things the world looks at to judge a person. He looks at their heart. If He sees His Son there, then He sees perfection. He sees an heir to His kingdom.