Today’s passage: Hebrews 13:1-6
- Verse 2 refers to Abraham’s dinner party in Genesis 18. I do not believe this verse was given to cause us to wonder how many angels we have seen in our lives. The proper application is simply to show hospitality, even to strangers.
- The marriage bed is undefiled. This means that purity is maintained throughout life when a single person remains celibate until marriage. You do not become impure when you get married…you remain pure through faithful sexuality within marriage.
- Anything we might desire in this world is worthless compared to what we already possess, God Himself!
Questions to consider:
- How does this passage follow the pattern of many other New Testament epistles? What has the writer argued for in the previous twelve chapters? And what are the implications (The expected results) of believing in the Gospel? (See the transition in passages like Romans 11:33-12:2 and Ephesians 3:20-4:3)
- Which instruction in today’s passage stuck out to you? How might the Spirit be working through the Word to lead you to change and grow?
- What is the true result of having the things listed in verses 4-5? Beyond the temporary selfish pleasure, what do these desires and action produce in our lives and the lives of others we take them from? How does delighting in having God and growing in love change our desires for these other things?