Hospitality depends on the spirit in which it is performed.

Old Testament hospitality of unparalleled generosity to guests remained the custom in the first century, and in certain cultures today. Biblical principles of hospitality are desperately needed in today’s society and in many churches.

Hospitality needs to be seen as a necessity of life. We need to be around other Christians and to have a desire to initiate that fellowship. Jesus saw this necessity.
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Jesus teaches us principles of how to live. We are a family with God as our Father and the earth as our home. “This do in remembrance of me.” The first and last miracles are both associated with a social meal. Hospitality becomes more effortless with practice and with the inherent increase in love that it engenders.

Matthew 25: 24 A talent equalled 15 years wages for a servant. We have been given our homes.

And, like the servant, we will be held accountable if we present to God on Judgment Day our homes with deadbolt locks securely fastened against guests. It won’t matter to Him how clean we keep them or how beautifully decorated they are if the sweet fragrance of welcome doesn’t waft through their halls. a home without hospitality might as well be buried in mud like the servant’s talent.

A clock stopped in despair when it figured out it had to tick 31,536,000 times a year. But it was soon ticking away again when someone explained that it had to do it only one tick at a time.

The Rabbis…laid it down that there were six great works which brought a man credit in this world and profit in the world to come: study, visiting the sick, hospitality, devotion in prayer, education of children in the Law, and thinking the best of other people.

Dinner and lodging in a private home meant you were safe under the protection of your host. Dinner was one to two hours long for family, friends, and guests to relax, talk and eat together.

Gen. 18:1-33– special closeness emboldens one to speak; 19:1-16– Lot’s “bargain” – morals became relative to the situation.
Commit yourself to inviting one person or family (someone you don’t usually invite) to your home in the next month. If you cannot make that commitment, pinpoint the reason why. Pray to have that barrier removed.
Judges 19:1-21
Lev. 23:22
Rom 12: 10-13–with whom to share? What way a need?
Heb 13:2
1 Peter 4:9

motivations: obedience and love Gen. 14:18; 24:29-33
Ex. 18:1-12; Judges 13:8-15
Ruth 2: 14-16; 1 Samuel 9:15-24
2 Samuel 6: 12-19; 9:1-13; 19:32
1 Kings 17: 7-16; Neh 5:17-19
Job 31:16-23; 32

Albert Schweitzer stated

What the world lacks most today is men who occupy themselves with the needs of other men. In this unselfish labor a blessing falls on both the helper and the helped.

Shunammite woman and Elisha

2 Kings 4:8-13 someone in on short notice, regard for Elisha’s privacy, Elisha’s response

14-17 Gehazi perceptive of needs of Shunammite woman, first reaction? 1 year later? Are all rewards of hospitality immediate?

Simon the Tanner and Peter

Acts 9: 43-10:23
Numbers 19:11-13
Acts 10:6; 11:1-18
Gentiles deemed unclean.

Mark 6:7-11 What must have Jesus expected of hosts? instructed to stay in only one home in each town?

Matthew 10: 7-15
v.8 motivation to help people
v. 10 expectation that other people provide for them
Lack of hospitality affects the entire town/church.
How have your attitudes about hospitality, good or bad, affected someone you know?

Matthew 10: 40-42
Are you willing to let your minister or church secretary know that you would like to lodge traveling ministers or missionaries even on short notice?

Acts 9:10-19
Acts 28:1-7
3 John: 5-8 Was hospitality in the early church just for friends and acquaintances? 2 results of kindness
v.7 difference between Christians and pagans. In the area of hospitality, would your actions mark you as Christian or pagan?

Romans 16: 2 examples of people who opened their homes to others, practicing hospitality. If you had lived in Rome then, would you have been on Paul’s list of people to commend?

Luke 22: 39
John 18: 1
Garden of Gethsemane: Gethsemane means “winepress” which was probably a private garden located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, owned by a wealthy citizen of Jerusalem who had the garden outside of Holy City because of the dung used for fertilizer. Such gardens were usually walled and locked. This anonymous friend must have given Jesus a key.

The Lord had been there before, “as usual” and Judas even arranged to have the arrest of Jesus take place in this familiar spot. What do you have to offer for a place of solitude?

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Mt 14: 13-21; Mark 6:30-46; Luke 9: 10-17; John 6:1-15
In feeding the 5 thousand, what was Jesus’s attitude toward the crowd that had intruded in on his sorrow?

The only other miracle recorded in all 4 gospels is the resurrection
John 6: 26, 32-40; Matt 15: 29-38; Mark 8:1-13 feeding the Gentiles
Luke 22:1-20 Jesus as host.
Luke 19: 1-10 Zacchaeus
Luke 5: 27-32 Levi Matthew

Jacob Gen 27:1-29;
Esther 5-7
Herodias Mark 6:17-28
Each used a meal situation to persuade someone to do something they might not have done otherwise.

The best hosting is demonstrating one’s honour at honoring the guest.
Luke 10: 38-42 Mary honoured Jesus by listening. Martha honoured with “much serving”

Luke 22:7-13
All adult, male Jew in Jesus’ time who lived within fifteen miles of Jerusalem were required to eat the Passover supper in the city of Jerusalem. Historians estimate that more than 2,700,000 pilgrims were there the year Jesus died. since no one was allowed to charge for the rental of a room for the feast, accommodations were probably scarce.

1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34 Ex. 12 1-20
Cook the lamb, assemble the bitter herbs
Make the traditional Charoseth- figs, raisins, vinegar which represented the mortar of Egyptian bondage.
Mark 1:21, 29-30. I Cor. 9:5 (Peter called by his Aramaic name)
Capernaum about 50 miles from Jerusalem therefore Peter not required by law to attend Passover in the Holy City.
Priscilla and Aquila hospitality: 18:1-4; 18-28; Rom. 16:3-5; I Cor. 16:19
Acts 9:10-19 Ananias Isaiah 55:8-11
Matthew 22:1-14
I Tim. 2:9

Hospitality the Healer

Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them in a great measure, the laws depend. the law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe.

Edmund Burke

Gen. 24; I Kings 17; John 13– doing extra for guests
Women today have become too busy; Matthew 11: 28-30; I Peter 3:1-6;
2 Cor. 9:6-15;
James 2:14-17
Matthew 18:12-14; Phil. 4:4-9; I Thess 4:11-12

Avoid: I Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Thess. 3:6-15; Rom. 16:17-19; 2 John 7-11
Matthew 8:14-16
1 Peter 3
I Cor. 7: 34-35

“Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.” Anonymous

Matthew 25: 31-33 “I was a stranger and you fed me.”
Matthew 5: 13-16; 43-47; 6:1; Isaiah 58:6-12; Luke 14:12-14; Luke 14:12-14; Luke 14:1- Luke 15:2