The Importance of God’s Repeatable’s – pay attention, they are important.
In the Torah, the Law of Moses, we are told “love your neighbor as yourself” only once (Lev. 19:18), but to “love the stranger,” thirty-six times (Lev. 19:34). Why?
Man has a tendency to love and treat with kindness those familiar or similar to themselves; after all, it’s easy to treat kindly those with whom we identify (Matt. 5:46-47).
The call to “love the stranger” is a call to love, respect, and treat with kindness those we are not familiar with, or similar to. It is a directive to recognize the dignity of the human other, and to see in them the image and likeness of God, and the commonality of man.
Example: The Good Samaritan.
Be well. Shalom.