Offering hospitality to strangers is often neglected, as the author’s words in Hebrews 13:2 imply. Hebrews 11:33 (NKJV) who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, The author of Hebrews … Abraham welcomed three strangers when they passed his way in Genesis 18. It was just that these saints were having too much fun talking to one another to even notice that a stranger was among them. 3 But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints. Doubting God’s presence and power is what caused the first generation of Israelites to seek to turn back at Kadesh Barnea.21. Once I settled on the title, “Keeping the Faith,” a story quickly came to mind. 15 Hospitality is actually never named as spiritual gift, and I’m not certain that it is, or is not, a gift. 8 I realize that loving one’s neighbor and loving one’s brother may not be exactly the same thing. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and … I loved going into prisons where I would teach the Scriptures to inmates, some of whom were Christians. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8-10). 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. True love requires sexual purity, as we see in Ephesians 5: 1 Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children 2 and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. 9 “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. For any who may yet be outside the faith, you are not only separated from fellowship with Christ; you are also deprived of the family fellowship that exists among true believers in Jesus. It is because God is ever present to help those who trust in Him that the psalmist can express his boldness in the Lord, who is always near to help His people.24 Fearing (that is, trusting in) the Lord means that we need not fear what our enemies will do to us, for God not only protects us and provides for us materially, He likewise protects us from our enemies. How well informed am I about those fellow believers who are currently suffering for the faith, close to home and far away? This is the edited manuscript of Lesson 33 in the series, Near to the Heart of God – A Study of the Book of Hebrews, prepared by Robert L. Deffinbaugh on April 26, 2009. Rebekah arrives and does just as the servant prayed. He was coming out of the church in the dark of night when he was accosted by a robber. Those from Italy(AX) send you their greetings. We laugh at this story because it illustrates the tremendous gap that often exists between our faith and our practice. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them, 8 for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. You will be hated by all the nations because of my name. But divesting themselves of much of their wealth23 became a blessing to the Christians in Jerusalem. Marginal References + 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22. Then there are the examples of hospitality in the Book of Acts: After she [Lydia] and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us (Acts 16:15). 34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession (Hebrews 10:32-34). 33. The Benjamites of the city then surrounded the house and demanded to have sexual relations with the Levite. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:10). The same assurance of God’s presence and power is given to Joshua in Joshua 1. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. “Thanks, thanks a lot,” the priest responded gratefully. 20 If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. God will be with them, and He will provide for them. Fourth, brotherly love is commanded because it doesn’t come naturally, and in some cases, it doesn’t come easily. This is because it is a manifestation of brotherly love. 3 Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. The resurrection of Jesus is presupposed throughout Hebrews… 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. It seems clear from Hebrews 13:4 that we honor marriage (and our spouse) by maintaining sexual purity within (and certainly before) marriage. As he did so, the priest’s collar became visible, and the robber was completely taken aback as he realized he was robbing a priest. 33 “When a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not oppress him. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. The psalmist gives thanks to the Lord for His goodness, repeating the phrase, “For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 118:1, 2, 3, 4). Essentially, I was ignored. Concluding exhortations and greetings (1-25) Do not forget hospitality (2) Let marriage be honorable (4) Obey those taking the lead (7, 17) Offer a sacrifice of praise (15, 16) Hebrews 13:1. Chapter 13. Having cited these Old Testament assurances of God’s presence and power, the author now turns to Psalm 118:6, which he cites in Hebrews 13:6: So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. Commentary on Hebrews 13:1-6 (Read Hebrews 13:1-6) The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true religion is the strongest bond of friendship. Concluding Exhortations. But I am always uneasy when our text in Hebrews 13:3 or the words of our Lord in Matthew 25:36 are used as the basis for prison evangelism. Brotherly love must continue (Hebrews 13:1). 33 At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. Later on in Genesis, we read the account of Abraham’s trusted servant in search of a wife for Isaac. 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