A state of being separate or apart from something or someone, often accompanied by an awareness of the separation. Human beings are alienated from God on account of sin. Alienation is also encountered in other areas of life, including relations between believers, and between believers and secular society.
Alienation from God because of sin
A sense of alienation from God
Feelings of alienation Ps 22:1; Isa 49:14 See also Ps 39:12; Ps 42:3-4,9-10; Ps 44:23-24; Isa 40:27; La 2:1; Mt 27:46 pp Mk 15:34 Jesus Christ’s alienation from God as he bore the consequences of human sin was felt and actual.
Alienation from others
Examples of alienation Ge 3:7 Man and woman; Ge 4:3-8 Cain and Abel; Ge 27:41 Jacob and Esau; 1Sa 18:8-9 Saul and David; Job 19:13-19 Job and his family and friends; Ps 69:8 the psalmist and his family; Jer 12:6 Jeremiah and his family; Ac 15:39 Paul and Barnabas; Eph 2:12 Jew and Gentile
God’s people are aliens in the world
Responsibility to the alien
The example of Jesus Christ Mt 9:10-11 pp Mk 2:15-16 pp Lk 5:29-30 Jesus Christ welcomed those who had been alienated by the rest of society. See also Mt 8:2-3 pp Mk 1:40-42 pp Lk 5:12-13 Jesus Christ touched the “untouchable” man with leprosy; Mt 11:19 pp Lk 7:34
Special provision for the alien Lev 23:22 God makes special provision for the poor so that they will have a share in the blessings of the land. See also Lev 19:10; Dt 24:20; Dt 14:28-29 The third year’s tithe is shared with those without inheritance in the land.
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