Numbers 15:14-16 – One Law for Foreigners and Natives


Numbers 15:14-16


There is to be no differentiation of laws between the resident foreigner and the Israelite.


If non-Israelites settled among the Israelites, or pursued an intergenerational alliance, they are to be allowed to sacrifice to God just as the Israelites did. There is to be one legal level, to the point that God says, “as you [Israelites] are, so shall the [stranger] be before the LORD” (Numbers 15:15). 

Tearing down “the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14) seems to have been God’s goal from ancient times, and exclusionary laws have no [permanent] place among God’s people.