5 Compare these words with the instructions of our text in Hebrews 13:1-6. The NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION, also known as THE NET BIBLE, is a completely new translation of the Bible, not a revision or an update of a previous English version. In addition, anyone who wants to share the Bible with others can print unlimited copies and give them away free to others. Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. No doubt our author has these two incidents in mind when he writes that in showing hospitality to strangers “some have entertained angels without knowing it.” I suspect that there have been other such encounters as well, which we may not know about for certain until we reach heaven. New International Version (NIV). 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. Greek: Anamimneskesthe de tas proteron emeras, en ais photisthentes pollen athlesin upemeinate pathematon. We can fairly easily understand how persecution could cause some Christians to turn against one another, as Jesus indicates in Matthew 24. All rights reserved worldwide. Nearly every week we have at least one visitor attend our church. Marginal References + 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. It is the love of money that is forbidden here, as elsewhere in Scripture: The one who loves money will never be satisfied with money. But we do not know the decrees of God, and His ways are past finding out (Rom. “Thanks, thanks a lot,” the priest responded gratefully. 4:4-7), 3. We know that two of these “men” were angels, and the third person seems to be a pre-incarnate visitation of our Lord (see 18:17). Shouldn’t these promises of God’s presence and power, enabling His people to enter the promised land, serve as an encouragement to the Hebrew Christians regarding their entrance to the heavenly kingdom? As he was drawing his hand from his inside coat pocket, it brushed against some cigars that were there, along with his wallet. love to the fellow-Christians. 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. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13 is the thirteenth (and the last) chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.The author is anonymous, although the internal reference to "our brother Timothy" (Hebrews 13:23), caused a traditional attribution to Paul.This attribution has been disputed since the second century, … Love sets the interests of others ahead of our own. It may be well for us to recall that possessing great material wealth actually became a curse to the Jews in Jerusalem when Titus sacked the city in 70 A.D. Hebrews 12. 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. 13 Let love of the brothers and sisters continue. Hebrews 13:5 Context. 6 They have testified to your love before the church. When the two angels continued on to Sodom, Lot greeted them and offered the same kind of hospitality (Genesis 19:1ff.). Let me begin by noting that our author does not speak of hospitality in general; he speaks specifically of showing hospitality to strangers. We tend to keep them at arm’s reach. 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. 3 See also Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9. See How They All Connect. Doubting God’s presence and power is what caused the first generation of Israelites to seek to turn back at Kadesh Barnea.21. Third, we often avoid hospitality because we are so busy, or so tired, that we just look the other way when a stranger who is a brother comes our way. 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 … 13. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. The author’s citation, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you” (verse 6) calls three Old Testament texts to mind: “I am with you! 2 Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice(AD) of praise—the fruit of lips(AE) that openly profess his name. But I am certain that it is a very important ministry and that almost anyone can do it (though some do it better than others). but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. “You must not wrong a foreigner nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 22:21). Hebrews chapter 13 KJV (King James Version) 1 Let brotherly love continue.. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.. 4 Marriage is honourable in … I am convinced that it was not intentional. NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture. When the law was given to Israel, one of the commands that was repeated several times was the command to deal kindly with strangers, for the Israelites were once strangers in the land of Egypt, and thus they knew how vulnerable strangers were in a foreign land. Where preaching Christ is a crime, offering a traveling preacher hospitality makes one an accomplice. Our text should prompt us to ask ourselves some questions? 33. Finally, I believe that there is one primary reason why Christians neglect showing hospitality toward strangers – we find it much more comfortable to spend our time with people we already know. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6). Hebrews 13:1.Exhortation to enduring brotherly love. If one combines the different nuances of these translations, we might conclude that the issue is a state of mind that has become part of one’s character, and thus it produces a lifestyle that is not driven by the need to acquire and to hoard the things God has given us to manage as stewards. Why is brotherly love commanded here and elsewhere? (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). 1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality (Romans 12:8-13). I believe this is true for a couple of reasons. You cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16:13). You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. Research Guide. Amen. You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. Comp. The first of these is love for fellow believers (John 13:35). 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. And biblical love does not come naturally. There are several reasons why brotherly love is viewed as highly important and essential to the Christian life. The robber shoved a pistol into the priest’s ribs and demanded that he produce his wallet. Hebrews 10. But divesting themselves of much of their wealth23 became a blessing to the Christians in Jerusalem. When the Romans sacked Jerusalem, they tortured the rich Jews, forcing them to tell where they had hidden their riches. Brotherly love must continue (Hebrews 13:1). Another reason for this story is to show us that hospitality to strangers is one of the things that should set God’s people apart from others. Finally, an old man from the hill country of Ephraim who was staying in Gibeah took the Levite, his concubine, and the servant into his home. “Have a cigar?” the priest offered. In a culture as corrupt as ours, this may have many implications. 34 The foreigner who resides with you must be to you like a native citizen among you; so you must love him as yourself, because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. We tend to associate with folks who believe and practice their faith precisely as we do, and we view other genuine believers who differ with us in some non-essential way with suspicion. Hebrews 6. Who might be a stranger to me, thus providing me with the opportunity to obey this text? Hebrews 13 1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 9 No widow should be put on the list unless she is at least sixty years old, was the wife of one husband, 10 and has a reputation for good works: as one who has raised children, practiced hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, helped those in distress – as one who has exhibited all kinds of good works (1 Timothy 5:9-10, emphasis mine). Indications of brotherly love are found in chapter 10: 32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. Those from Italy(AX) send you their greetings. 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. My hope is that such visitors will be swarmed upon by members of our body who will make a deliberate effort to focus on those whom they don’t know, or don’t know well. 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. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:10). Showing hospitality to strangers is not a work that we do in order to earn our way to heaven, but it is one of the earmarks of a true believer that sets him or her apart from others. 8 Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled (Titus 1:6-8, emphasis mine). 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. He would rob nearly any vulnerable victim, but he drew the line at robbing priests and smoking cigars – at least for a few days on the cigars. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. (AA) 14 For here we do not have an enduring city,(AB) but we are looking for the city that is to come.(AC). 39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40). Yes I am,” the priest replied. Through one of our members, we have also learned about the persecuted church in Pakistan and of ministry to these saints through micro loans.18 The information is there if we but make the effort to find it, but be warned, learning of such situations places a greater burden of responsibility on us to act in some way to help and encourage our persecuted brethren. He was coming out of the church in the dark of night when he was accosted by a robber. 8 I realize that loving one’s neighbor and loving one’s brother may not be exactly the same thing. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Hebrews 13. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. By the way, there is no indication given here that these “prisoners” and persecuted saints are people that we know personally. Some short-sighted scholars have concluded that the early Christians were quite foolish to sell their property and give the proceeds to the apostles to be distributed to those in need. First of all, we must show brotherly love because this is one of the two great commandments of the Bible, Old Testament and New:8. Keeping The Faith (Hebrews 13:1-6) Related Media. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. I loved going into prisons where I would teach the Scriptures to inmates, some of whom were Christians. Concluding Exhortations. and let her works praise her in the city gates (Proverbs 31:28b-31). 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. These questions and many others should be prompted by the words of our text. These three texts have something in common besides the assurance of God’s presence and provision. So what does sexual purity in marriage have to do with loving our brother or sister in Christ? “Well, I don’t rob priests,” the man said. “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. 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. Because a Christian husband’s relationship with his wife is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church, marital infidelity has profound implications. And He will empower them to safely enter the heavenly kingdom – Mount Zion – to which the author has just referred.22. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). 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. “Let your conversation be without covetousness” (KJV). 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. 63 2 Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. So τοιγαροῦν, at the beginning of chap. The beginning of verse 5 is translated in a number of ways: “Your life should be free from the love of money” (CSB). Even more difficult days lay ahead for these believers (12:4), and thus they are exhorted to persevere in their love for one another. The psalmist gives thanks to the Lord for His goodness, repeating the phrase, “For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 118:1, 2, 3, 4). 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:1 "Let brotherly love continue." Hebrews 2. 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. John Piper Oct 19, 1997 10 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. (Y) 13 Let us, then, go to him(Z) outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. Thus, the process of sanctification in the believer’s life includes the sexual relationship of a husband and his wife. 21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too (1 John 4:20-21). 4 In other words, either the verb is an imperative, or the context makes it clear that it is a command. He then describes how he called out to God for help when he was in trouble in verse 5. 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. Hebrews 9. Be faithful to my master Abraham. How do I honor marriage in a society that is becoming more and more tolerant of “same sex” marriages, immorality, and divorce? 34 “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. 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. 1 Brotherly love must continue. “You must not pick your vineyard bare, and you must not gather up the fallen grapes of your vineyard. But if one is commanded to love his neighbor, then surely loving one’s brother follows. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 17 http://www.worldmag.com/articles/15340. The same assurance of God’s presence and power is given to Joshua in Joshua 1. A second reason is that we are often strongly attached to our privacy. 15 Hospitality is actually never named as spiritual gift, and I’m not certain that it is, or is not, a gift. (N), 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. Beginning in the Book of Genesis, we see the importance of showing hospitality to strangers. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. I understand the author to be instructing believers in Jesus to highly value the institution of marriage, as God first gave it to mankind (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-12), and as He now uses it to portray the relationship of the church (as a bride) to the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:22-33). Hebrews 13:22 The author refers to his book as an exhortation or sermon but he closes it like a letter. Why would this be? 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