Chapter 13. But we do not know the decrees of God, and His ways are past finding out (Rom. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD (compact disk). 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. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The poor believers were of little interest to the treasure-hunting Roman soldiers. It was just that these saints were having too much fun talking to one another to even notice that a stranger was among them. 5 For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Amplified: But be ever mindful of the days gone by in … 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. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his a reproach. 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. “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. In addition, we have become prayer partners with a church in Indonesia. Not all Christians are equally “loveable.” Some are kind of prickly – like porcupines. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). While the pleasures of marital sex are to be enjoyed without guilt, sexual relationships outside of marriage are forbidden because they dishonor marriage, and this necessitates divine judgment.20 Notice how Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 4 approach sex in marriage in a very similar fashion: 3 For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, 4 that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God. 13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:9-13, emphasis mine; see also John 15:17-25). Here we learn that hospitality is one of the qualifications of an elder. Hebrews 13:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 13:3, NIV: "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." “No one will be able to resist you all the days of your life. How do I honor marriage in a society that is becoming more and more tolerant of “same sex” marriages, immorality, and divorce? Amplified: Remember those who … He was coming out of the church in the dark of night when he was accosted by a robber. I will not abandon you or leave you alone” (Joshua 1:5). It's All the Work of God. (C) 3 Continue to remember those in prison(D) as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and … Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. John’s third epistle commends those who welcome strangers into their homes. By the way, there is no indication given here that these “prisoners” and persecuted saints are people that we know personally. Hebrews 3. 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. 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. 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. 7 For they have gone forth on behalf of “The Name,” accepting nothing from the pagans. I loved going into prisons where I would teach the Scriptures to inmates, some of whom were Christians. Hebrews 8. From what we read in 1 Peter 2:18—3:7, wives were often abused by their husbands, as were slaves. Those from Italy(AX) send you their greetings. 1 Copyright © 2009 by Robert L. Deffinbaugh. He did not want to risk seeking shelter among pagans. What does it mean to honor marriage, and just how is that to be done? These ethics help to portray the true gospel to the world, encourage others to believe in Christ, and bring glory to God. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Did the people of Bethlehem lack hospitality toward Mary and Joseph, so that the Christ child had to be born in a stable? 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. The author of Hebrews emphasized that the high priestly ministry of the Lord Jesus inaugurated the New Covenant. 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. 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. 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. 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. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6). Where preaching Christ is a crime, offering a traveling preacher hospitality makes one an accomplice. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to the deeds he is doing – the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate(M) their faith. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy(AV) has been released. “You must not wrong a foreigner nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 22:21). 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 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. “Thanks, thanks a lot,” the priest responded gratefully. The command given in Hebrews 13:2 is addressed to every believer and not just church leaders. God assures Jacob of His presence and protection and thus of his safe return to the land of promise. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. This is because it is a manifestation of brotherly love. 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting. It is available on the Internet at: net.bible.org. 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. 20 Compare 1 Corinthians 5 in this regard. Hebrews Outline. It is a research tool for publications in various languages produced by Jehovah’s Witnesses. These three texts have something in common besides the assurance of God’s presence and provision. “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. So what does it mean to “remember” those in prison and those who are ill-treated? 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. Amen. He then describes how he called out to God for help when he was in trouble in verse 5. (AJ) We are sure that we have a clear conscience(AK) and desire to live honorably in every way. 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. Who might be a stranger to me, thus providing me with the opportunity to obey this text? 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). The robber shoved a pistol into the priest’s ribs and demanded that he produce his wallet. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 18 Pray for us. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:1-6).2. 2 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the NET Bible. New International Version (NIV). They have already practiced the things which the author calls them to do in our text: 32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. Do not fear or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who is going with you. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers (1 Peter 3:7, emphasis mine).19. “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money” (NASB95). 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. When he reaches Mesopotamia, he prays this prayer for guidance in finding the right wife for Isaac: “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Even the disciples were shocked at Jesus’ teaching on the permanence of marriage. 9:9,14; 10:2,22; 13:18). a. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34). 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. 8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we become coworkers in cooperation with the truth. The resurrection of Jesus is presupposed throughout Hebrews… 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. 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). If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. The New Testament also provides us with instruction and examples pertaining to hospitality to strangers. 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