And you and the Levite and the stranger and the sojourner among you shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given you and your household. -Deuteronomy 26:11
In this chapter, God is addressing the Israelites. As we’ve read, God wanted them (and us as well) to remember where they came from. God freed them from the oppression of Egypt and promised them a land filled with milk and honey.
The Levitical priests were from the tribe of Levi, one of Abraham’s sons. They would make the sacrifices and atone for the sins of the people. This priestly tribe was never promised land but were in full-time service to the temple.
The stranger and the sojourner were foreigners who either stayed permanently or temporarily, yet they were offered hospitality among God’s people.
So what do all these people have in common? Their dependence on God. The Lord used the blessings of abundant crops to tithe a portion of it to the Levites and the foreigners. It’s human nature to want to hoard our belongings for fear that we will need it at some point, but God gave the command that the Israelites were to give to others and in doing so, they would remember Who had made the provision.
God continued to do this in the Gospels when Jesus preached about taking care of those in need, specifically orphans and widows. Because in giving, we testify that God will provide and fill the emptiness left after we share. We depend on Him and rejoice that we are so incredibly blessed that we have enough to share and still have leftovers.