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Summary: A study of the book of Hebrews 13: 1 –25

Hebrews 13: 1 –25

Can You Take In Two Homeless People?

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 honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. 25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

Let me start off by asking you a question. Please take a moment to see if you are in harmony with this question which is this, ‘do you enjoy sci-fi movies or books?’ If you answered yes to this question then this chapter should give you a real treat.

Right now we are at Christmas. Suppose you came across a young homeless couple. Would you invite them to stay at your house until they could find adequate lodging? You might be thinking right now, ‘I know where you are going with this question. You are thinking of Mary and Joseph where there was no room at the inn, right? Well, in a way I want you to think about this condition. I would say that out of the majority of people here that you would make up an excuse that the couple could not stay at your home. Here are a few. See if any of these you can use as an excuse for not letting them come to your house.

1. We’re too busy

2. Our house is too messy.

3. It’s expensive to feed company. We do not have the funds to do so.

4. It’s hard at this stage of life to be able to do it

5. I don’t have time to cook/I don’t know how to cook

6. I have roommates/I don’t have a good place to cook or seat people in my tiny apartment/We just have a baby, and our house isn’t toddler-proofed

7. We do not know who they are. They could possibly be terrorists or serial killers or wanted by the police.

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