And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church! Amen. Hebrews 11 provides us with a number of Old Testament examples of faith, so that it becomes clear that all who found acceptance with God did so on the basis of faith. Showing hospitality to strangers not only costs us financially; it involves taking risks, for there may be those who come to us who intend to do us harm by seeking refuge in our home. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). 29 “Many daughters have done valiantly. Am I generous with what God has given, or do I seek to hoard wealth and acquire more so that I feel secure? 11:33). It is available on the Internet at: net.bible.org. To be faithful to our author’s words, marriage is to be “honored” among all. Why would this be? 13 Let love of the brothers and sisters continue. The importance of hospitality to strangers can be seen from Paul’s writings: The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher (1 Timothy 3:2, emphasis mine). Ge 9:16; 17:7, 13, 19; Isa 55:3; 61:8; Eze 37:26; S Mt 26:28, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. These questions and many others should be prompted by the words of our text. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Nearly every week we have at least one visitor attend our church. But when they arrived there at sunset, no one offered to take them in. Scripture: Hebrews 13:20–21. Hebrews 12. 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. Hebrews 13 - NIV: Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Walk as children of the light – (Ephesians 5:1-8, emphasis mine). 13 Let your brotherly love continue.+ 2 Do not forget hospitality,* + for through it some unknowingly entertained angels.+ 3 Keep in mind those in prison,* + as though you were imprisoned with them,+ and those being mistreated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 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. So what does sexual purity in marriage have to do with loving our brother or sister in Christ? When we come to chapter 13, I believe that our author is spelling out for us just what our endurance should look like – what form our endurance should take. Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter 1:7. μενέτω] abide, cease not.For, according to Hebrews 6:10, Hebrews 10:33, the readers had already exercised this virtue before, and were … 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. “Are you a priest?” the robber questioned? 15 By him therefore let us offer the a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the b fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Anyone anywhere in the world with an Internet connection will be able to use and print out the NET Bible without cost for personal study. From what we read in 1 Peter 2:18—3:7, wives were often abused by their husbands, as were slaves. 12 Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. Hebrews 4. Marriage, even in the church, seemed to fall short of the standard set by our Lord in Matthew 19 or by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:22-33. 7 For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 5. 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. Indexes. i. 2 Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. But we do not know the decrees of God, and His ways are past finding out (Rom. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. The apostle, having treated largely of Christ, and faith, and free grace, and gospel privileges, and warned the Hebrews against apostasy, now, in the close of all, recommends several excellent duties to them, as the proper fruits of faith (); he then bespeaks their prayers for him, and offers up his prayers to God for them, … 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. In Judges 19, we find the strange and troubling account of a young Levite whose concubine had fled and returned home to Bethlehem, to her father. It seems clear from Hebrews 13:4 that we honor marriage (and our spouse) by maintaining sexual purity within (and certainly before) marriage. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 12— ἔξω τῆς παρεμβολῆς, without the camp) Hebrews 13… * 4 Let marriage be honorable among all, and let the marriage … Doubting God’s presence and power is what caused the first generation of Israelites to seek to turn back at Kadesh Barnea.21. He will not fail you or abandon you!” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Hebrews 13:18–19. 4 Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. First, an elder is a man who needs to set an example for all believers. When the Levite arrived at her father’s home, he persuaded her to return with him. 3 Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! Thus, Christians are to highly value marriage as the union of one man and one woman, until death parts them. Second, loving one’s brother is an evidence of one’s faith in the Lord Jesus – of being a disciple of Jesus. It was because he knew that Isaac’s wife needed to be a woman who was given to hospitality to strangers. Once I settled on the title, “Keeping the Faith,” a story quickly came to mind. 6 Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Hebrews 3. There are several reasons why brotherly love is viewed as highly important and essential to the Christian life. Hebrews 10:32 But remember the former days, when *, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, (NASB: Lockman). If a Christian is imprisoned because of his faith, then those who identify with that prisoner also testify to their faith. Hebrews 13. The author of Hebrews has mentioned the "conscience" several times (cf. In a culture as corrupt as ours, this may have many implications. As I think about these references to the Old Testament which assure us of God’s care, I can see how they are not just the basis for our contentment with God’s provisions; these assurances are the basis for all of the expressions of brotherly love that are called for in verses 1-6. Not knowing anyone in this church, I wondered how I would be greeted. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. (Comp. As many of you know, for a number of years I ministered in a number of prisons around our country under the auspices of Prison Fellowship. Amplified: But be ever mindful of the days gone by in … It was just that these saints were having too much fun talking to one another to even notice that a stranger was among them. “Well, I don’t rob priests,” the man said. “Have a cigar?” the priest offered. One is denominational division. Hebrews 7. (He seems to have known the danger they faced if left to themselves in this wicked place.) Hebrews 13:13. τοίνυν) The particle, put at the beginning (Isaiah 5:13; Isaiah 27:4; Isaiah 33:23) in this passage, breathes the deliberate fortitude of believers. “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. When the Romans sacked Jerusalem, they tortured the rich Jews, forcing them to tell where they had hidden their riches. Hebrews 13 1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 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).5. The letter concludes with a blessing (Heb 13:20–21), a final request for the acceptance of its message , information regarding Timothy , and general greetings (Heb 13:24–25). “Thanks, thanks a lot,” the priest responded gratefully. The question, then, is this: “What does brotherly love look like?” What are the practical outworkings of brotherly love in the context of the church? 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. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8-10). Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. Hebrews 10. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others,(AF) for with such sacrifices(AG) God is pleased. Concluding Exhortations. Love for one’s brother is one manifestation of the writing of the law on men’s hearts and, as Paul writes above, it prompts us to do those things which the law requires. We are to identify with them as though we were in prison with them – not for committing a murder or a robbery, but for proclaiming and practicing their faith in Jesus Christ. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34). The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. He did not want to risk seeking shelter among pagans. If I am single, how is my lifestyle consistent with purity in marriage? Furthermore, I believe that we honor marriage as Christians when both the husband and the wife honor (treasure) their God-given mates as a gift of great value. 3 See also Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Why was this the test that the servant devised to determine whether or not a young woman was the one God had chosen for Isaac’s wife? Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2). Our text should prompt us to ask ourselves some questions? “Let your conversation be without covetousness” (KJV). 1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the one who has a firm grasp on the seven stars in his right hand – the one who walks among the seven golden lampstands: 2 ‘I know your works as well as your labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. A few years ago I was traveling in a different part of the country, and I made a point to attend a church in that area. There is much more to this story, but I believe one of the reasons this account is recorded in Scripture is to show us that the Benjamites (one of the tribes of Israel) had become just as corrupt and worthy of judgment as the wicked men of Sodom (in Genesis 19). It should be relatively easy to see that brotherly love was vitally important to these Hebrew saints. Research Guide. 9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge us. 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. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. Essentially, I was ignored. The jailer brought them into his house and set food before them, and he rejoiced greatly that he had come to believe in God, together with his entire household (Acts 16:34). Hebrews 13:5 Context. The solution is to be content with what God has given us, based upon the assurance that God will never abandon us. Offering hospitality to strangers is often neglected, as the author’s words in Hebrews 13:2 imply. 2 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the NET Bible. Thus, we shall find three references to leaders in the verses which remain in this epistle (verses 7, 17, 24). Who might be a stranger to me, thus providing me with the opportunity to obey this text? Let me begin by noting that our author does not speak of hospitality in general; he speaks specifically of showing hospitality to strangers. The first six verses can be summed up by the expression “brotherly love.” We might summarize the structure of our text for this lesson in this way: Showing compassion to those who are suffering for the faith (13:3), Living a lifestyle that is free from the love of money (13:5-6). In the first text (Genesis 28:15), Jacob is fleeing to Mesopotamia to secure a wife, but also (and probably more important to Jacob at the moment) to escape the wrath of his brother Esau, from whom he swindled his birthright and his father’s blessing. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22). It appears that his only crime was naming Christ as his Savior. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and … Hebrews 3:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 3:13, NIV: "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today,' so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Keeping The Faith (Hebrews 13:1-6) Related Media. In the days of these Hebrew Christians, marriage was under fire from many different directions. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers, Near to the Heart of God: A Study of the Book of Hebrews. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it() 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you … He was coming out of the church in the dark of night when he was accosted by a robber. The pagan culture had no qualms regarding prostitution (especially religious prostitution, such as was practiced in Corinth) or the keeping of courtesans. 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. Identifying with those in prison also puts the Christian at risk. How do I honor marriage in a society that is becoming more and more tolerant of “same sex” marriages, immorality, and divorce? This is an authorized Web site of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (AT), 22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.(AU). 10 Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another. 8 Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled (Titus 1:6-8, emphasis mine). 8 Consequently the one who rejects this is not rejecting human authority but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, emphasis mine). 3 Remember those in … (T), 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering,(U) but the bodies are burned outside the camp. These ethics help to portray the true gospel to the world, encourage others to believe in Christ, and bring glory to God. I urge you to acknowledge your need of salvation, to accept the sacrifice Christ has made at Calvary for your sins, and to join God’s family. 2 Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are badly treated, since … Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i... More, 4. The same assurance of God’s presence and power is given to Joshua in Joshua 1. Comp. 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). God assures Jacob of His presence and protection and thus of his safe return to the land of promise. Today, I think there are other hindrances to hospitality to strangers. The Benjamites of the city then surrounded the house and demanded to have sexual relations with the Levite. Not all Christians are equally “loveable.” Some are kind of prickly – like porcupines. 9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Here we learn that hospitality is one of the qualifications of an elder. How much effort do I expend seeking to welcome and embrace newcomers to our church? 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. “You must not oppress a foreigner, since you know the life of a foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9). The church at Ephesus started very well.10 Even so, Paul warned the Ephesian elders that some of them would teach error in order to gain a personal following.11 Eventually, Paul had to send Timothy to Ephesus to correct false teaching.12 By the time the church at Ephesus was addressed in Revelation 2, false teaching had been addressed, and the church was vigilant to maintain doctrinal purity.13 The problem (as a friend of mine used to put it) was that “it is not easy for a watchdog to smile.” It appears that in their zeal to maintain doctrinal purity, the saints had unknowingly lost their first love, the love that initially characterized these saints’ devotion to God and to one another. Did the people of Bethlehem lack hospitality toward Mary and Joseph, so that the Christ child had to be born in a stable? Hebrews 13:1.Exhortation to enduring brotherly love. It is not a sin to be wealthy nor is poverty necessarily a virtue. Hebrews 2. 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