Hebrews 13. Forum Discussion

One of the most intriguing verses of the Bible is found in Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Is that a literal translation? Are there really angels on earth, and can we sit down and talk to them?

Have you ever met somebody and asked yourself if they are an angel sent from heaven? People have a way of popping into our lives at the right time, in the right place and they often make a profound impact on us by what they say or what they do. Perhaps some of those people were angels and we did not know it at the time.

There is a beautiful song from the group Alabama called, “Angels Among Us.” Some of the lyrics are:

I was walkin' home from school
On a cold winter day,
Took a short cut through the woods
And I lost my way.
It was gettin' late, and I was scared and alone.
Then a kind old man took my hand, and led me home.
Mama couldn't see him,
But he was standing there,
And I knew in my heart
He was the answer to my prayer.

Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.

When life held troubled times
And had me down on my knees
There's always been someone
To come along and comfort me
A kind word from a stranger
To lend a helping hand
A phone call from a friend
Just to say I understand
Now ain't it kind of funny
At the dark end of the road
Someone light the way with just a single ray of hope.”

The Hebrew author tells us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Kindness to strangers is an admirable and Godly character trait. And who knows, the next time you show hospitality to a stranger, you just might get a Godly message in return.

There are three other major themes in Hebrews 13 that we will touch on:

  1. The love of money (Hebrews 13:5-6)
  2. Imitating the faith of those that spoke the word of God to us (Hebrews 13:7)
  3. And Hebrews 13:9, "Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited." 

Regarding the love of money, Jesus says in Mathew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

People seem to be working harder than ever at their jobs. A lot of couples have both spouses working and are just barely making ends meet. We work harder and longer so that we can get more, “stuff” and have no time to use it. Mathew 6:24 tells us that we must make a choice. Does God come first, or the love of money? Do our actions reflect our priorities? How about the amount of time that we give God compared to the amount of time we spent pursuing wealth? There is a wise saying, “When life is not adding up, it’s time to start subtracting.” Would we be able to spend more time with God if we took a few less important things off our plates? The answer for most of us is probably yes.

Next, let’s look at Hebrews 13:7.

“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.”

One way to help accomplish our goals is to look at the people in life that are where we hope to be and imitate their behaviors. Also, look at those that are where we don’t want to be in life and do not imitate their behaviors. Hebrews 13:7 is giving us that same advice, except as it relates to something infinitely more important that something like our job, it is talking about our faith.

Finally, let’s look at Hebrews 13:9, “Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.” These inspired words are advising us to be aware of the fine line between being able to rightly divide the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15) and becoming too legalistic about God’s word as the scribes and Pharisees were. As Jesus said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Amen

Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will begin our study on the book of James. James is a powerful book with amazing scriptures for us to reflect on and analyze. Please join us.

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