8447 hospitality, examples of
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Scripture provides many examples of friendship and generosity towards strangers, and encourages believers to be hospitable in turn.

Examples of hospitality in the OT

Genesis 18:2-5 See also Genesis 19:1-3 Lot entertains visitors from God; Genesis 24:22-25 Abraham's servant is welcomed in Rebekah's home; Exodus 2:20 Moses is welcomed by a priest of Midian; Judges 13:15 Manoah receives the angel of the LORD.

Shelter is given to a Levite:

Judges 19:1-4,20-21 2 Samuel 17:27-29 hospitality shown to David and his people; 1 Kings 17:7-16 The widow of Zarephath cares for Elijah despite her poverty; 2 Kings 4:8-10 a Shunammite provides for Elisha; Nehemiah 5:17 Nehemiah shows hospitality to fellow Jews.

Hospitality shown to Jesus Christ

Matthew 9:10 pp Mark 2:15 pp Luke 5:29 Jesus Christ received hospitality from people of all social backgrounds. See also Matthew 8:14-15 pp Mark 1:29-31 pp Luke 4:38-39 at Peter's house

Jesus Christ anointed at Bethany:

Matthew 26:6-7 pp Mark 14:3; John 12:1-3 Luke 7:36 at the house of Simon the Pharisee; Luke 10:38 at the home of Mary and Martha; Luke 14:1 at the house of a prominent Pharisee; Luke 19:5-7 at Zacchaeus' house; Luke 24:29 with disciples in Emmaus; John 2:2 at the wedding at Cana

Hospitality assisted the mission of the apostles

Hospitality shown to the disciples

Matthew 10:11-12 pp Mark 6:10 pp Luke 9:4 Jesus Christ sends out the Twelve. See also Luke 10:5-7

Hospitality shown to Peter

Acts 10:32 at the home of Simon the tanner; Acts 10:48 with Cornelius and his family

Hospitality shown to Paul and his companions

Acts 16:15 at the home of Lydia; Acts 16:34 at the house of the Philippian jailer; Acts 18:2-3 with Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth; Acts 21:8 at the house of Philip; Acts 21:16 at the home of Mnason in Jerusalem; Acts 28:2 on Malta; Acts 28:7 at the home of Publius; Romans 16:23 with Gaius; Phm 22 as a guest of Philemon

Christians opened their homes for gatherings of believers

1 Corinthians 16:19 See also Acts 2:46; Romans 16:3-5; Colossians 4:15; Phm 2

Examples of inhospitable behaviour

1 Samuel 25:10-11 See also Numbers 20:18 Edom; Numbers 21:21-23 Sihon; Deuteronomy 23:3-4 Ammonites and Moabites; Judges 19:15 Gibeah; Luke 9:52-53 a Samaritan village

See also

2339  Christ, example of
2354  Christ, mission
4438  eating
4476  meals
5339  home
5355  invitations
5976  visiting
7020  church, the
7948  mission
8342  servanthood

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