Hospitality

Jesus Sends His Disciples as Missionaries - Mark 6:7 – 6:13 (commentary)

Jesus had been with the disciples for a period of training and now they were ready to go out and preach. He sent them out in pairs so they could encourage one another (v. 7). He gave them power over unclean spirits and with this He gave them instructions for their journey (vv. 8- …

Qualifications of The Twelve Apostles - Matthew 10:1 – 10:15 (commentary)

Right after Jesus’ injunction to ask for laborers we find the twelve apostles listed (vv. 1-5). The qualifications for being an apostle were as follows:Must have seen the risen Christ. (I Cor. 9:1 Must have fellowshiped with Jesus. (Acts 1:21-22)Must have been c …

Moral Directions - Hebrews 13:1 – 13:8 (commentary)

In this chapter, as throughout this whole letter, it is evident that God is not interested in religion, but in life that produces the evidences of our faith. Real love for others produces tangible actions:Open to strangers (vv. 1-2). A Christian home should be a center of hospita …

Full Hospitality for Weary Travelers - Judges 19:11 – 19:21 (commentary)

Since it was late in the day his servant suggested that they spend the night in Jerusalem but the Levite said no because it belonged to foreigners and was not considered a proper place to be (vv 11-13). Instead they traveled on north to Gibeah and arrived there just as the …

Hospitality Includes Ministering to One another - I Peter 4:7 – 4:11 (commentary)

In view of the possibility of the Lord’s return Peter admonishes the believers to be “sober” (v. 7). It seems that he was telling them not to get out of balan­ce in their emphasis of prophecy. If we think right and pray right our living should be right.Sobriety and …

Practice Hospitality Ungrudgingly - III John 1:9 – 1:15 (commentary)

John mentions how Diotrephes likes to be the number-one leader in the Church and refuses to welcome any of the Lord’s followers who come by (vv. 9-10). The ancient world had a system of “guest-friendships” whereby families undertook to give each other hospitality when …