“I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.”  Leviticus 25:38 (KJV)

God has just given Israel commandment for being kind to the poor of their people, and then leaves them with a reminder from whence they had been delivered (Lev. 25:38).  We should always be kind to those who are poor, or strangers in our midst.

Here are the words of John Gill’s Commentary…

I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt,…. Where they had been strangers and sojourners, and therefore should be kind to such in necessitous circumstances, and relieve them, and especially their brethren; and where God had given them favour in the eyes of the Egyptians, and they had lent them jewels of gold and silver, and raiment, and therefore they should lend freely to persons in distress; and who had brought them out from thence, that they might take upon them his commandments, though they might be grievous, as Jarchi observes; and this, it may be remarked, is the preface to the ten commandments:

to give you the land of Canaan; freely, a land flowing with milk and honey; and therefore, since he had dealt so bountifully with them, and had given them plenty of good things, they need not grudge giving to their poor brethren, and others in necessitous circumstances:

and to be your God; their covenant God, to bless and prosper them, protect and defend them.

We Christians ought always be kind to our family, friends, neighbors, enemies, and any other we meet. We love no matter how we are treated.  We are loved by God, blessed abundantly by Him, and given much forgiveness.  We were in poverty, and He has given us the riches of Heaven, through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1).

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