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Joshua 6:17-25


NIV Joshua 6:17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.” 20 When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it– men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.  22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel. 24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the LORD’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho– and she lives among the Israelites to this day.                                  

 When hospitality is demonstrated in the life of the God-follower, God will reward the doer.

Luke 19:5


NAU Luke 19:5 When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.

NIV Luke 19:5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

KJV Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

Not only must hospitality be expressed by the people of God (especially by those who are leaders), but it must be done joyfully!

1 Timothy 3:2


NAU 1 Timothy 3:2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

NIV 1 Timothy 3:2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

KJV 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not only is hospitality an expression of genuine faith as we saw yesterday, but it is to be a characteristic or attribute of everyone in church leadership!

Matthew 25:35


NAU Matthew 25:35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

NIV Matthew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

KJV Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Matthew 25 is a part of the Olivet Discourse, delivered on Tuesday of Passion Week and was the last public message that Jesus delivered. Together with Matthew 24, they describe the coming judgment of the world and the criteria for determining who will enter into the 1,000 year kingdom of God spoken of by Isaiah and again by John in Revelation. So, after the seven years of tribulation spoken of by Daniel in Chapter 9, there will be a judgment of ‘sheep and goats’ – the sheep enter into the 1,000 millennial kingdom, the goats enter into a place of torment. So what will be the criteria for determining who is a sheep and who is a goat – faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross!  But how will faith be demonstrated? According to verse 35, by demonstrating hospitality!

Hospitality is not an option….it is an expression of genuine faith!

Romans 12:13


This week our church is hosting a Pastor’s Conference. This also means that I have the joy of hosting three Belarusian pastors in my home who will be attending the Pastor’s Conference. The fancy word for hosting, sheltering and entertaining travelers is hospitality. And the Bible has plenty to say about hospitality. Therefore, this week, since the act is in front of me, we will be looking at what the Bible has to say about hospitality.

First, hospitality is commanded.

NAU Romans 12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

NIV Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

KJV Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality

It is simply the action expected of a Christian! Although the word PRACTICE, which is the best translation of the Greek word, is NOT in the Imperative or command case, the participle has the force of a command. Christians are to be practicing the love of strangers (the actual meaning of the Greek word translated hospitality).