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2 Be [epilanthanomai] not [me] forgetful [epilanthanomai]
to entertain strangers [philoxenia]: for [gar] thereby [dia] [taute] some [tis] have entertained
[xenizo] angels [aggelos] unawares [lanthano]. KJV-Interlinear
2 Do not
neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained
angels without knowing it. NASB
A stranger is anyone whom
we do not know or are not acquainted with personally. Obviously none of us have ever met an angel. That is unless you have taken a little too
much of your medication.
Throughout the Old
Testament, angels were entertained on occasion. Daniel had encounters with
angels. Abraham had encounters with
angels. Various other prophets and
persons had encounters with angels. It
could be too that any one of us may have had an encounter without ever knowing
it. However the canon of scripture was
closed with the completion of Revelation, and all of our communications from
God in our dispensation are through the scriptures, not through angels, visions
or dreams. So, your experience while
possible, is not likely.
But, surprise, surprise, angels
encounters not the subject here. Whether
or not you have had an encounter with someone of rank or prestige is not the
issue. Your charity and goodwill toward all
people in general is the issue, not your convenient discrimination to come to
the aid of better people as opposed to lesser people.
Our prejudices of whatever
kind they might be, have no place in the Christian life. Helping a person should arise out of their
need, and not out of their possible repayment to us. Our helping of people should arise out of
their need and not out of their utilization of our help. We cannot attach strings to our charity,
requiring certain behavior which we deem proper.
A homeless person might ask
for a dollar. The need is obvious and
you certainly would want them to use the dollar to buy food or something you
consider practical. However that dollar
probably will go to booze or something less proper. But again, the use of your charity is
irrelevant and really none of your business, even though we might be deceived
by the person to whom we are providing help.
You give because of need,
not for any other reason.
Likewise there might be two
people standing side by side. One is
pleasant looking and the other is filthy.
To whom do your give your dollar?
10 So then, while we have
opportunity, let us do good to all men
As for organizations, then
it is certainly proper and prudent to determine that they are in fact bona fide
charities and not just fronts for things that are less than honorable. Charities that run up their own costs and
give very little to the folks in need should be avoided. Certainly organizations that deceive their
purposes and are not in fact charities, should be avoided as well. Giving blindly can be considered
irresponsible especially when your intention is really to bring attention to
your self and your gift, rather than to the reason for your gift.
Furthermore, we are not to
help people because of some false motivation such as the possibility that they
might be someone who can help us in return (angels, friends, someone of status),
or because your help can be seen by others and thus bring praise to your own
We help others because it
is simply the right thing to do, and by helping others we are fulfilling Gods
will, applying to a good use that which God has given us in the first place, and
we are fulfilling our responsibility to others before God.
40 And the King will
answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to
one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' NASB
Christ created all
life. By helping life we are acting favorably
for Christ. By not helping, we are then
saying that we reject Christ who placed everyone in their respective positions
in the first place. Jesus Christ
You are where you are
because Christ put you there. Don t pat
yourself on the back for your achievements and certainly don t pout because you
have some kind of difficulty.
And one more thing as a
side note. This attitude applies to
people in their relations to people.
This does not apply to nations. A
national entity is responsible for civil justice, not impersonal love. Only people are commanded to love thy
neighbor. The responsibilities of
nations with respect to their relationships with other nations, are not in view
in this passage.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.