What does the Bible say about hospitality? Here are some Verses with a short explanation that might connect between hosting Israeli travelers, the Bible, and yourselves. We encourage you to keep an open mind and judge people for the best. We chose special verses that involve other Biblical principles in them and not just order us to do something; let’s connect between the Bible and hospitality.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2)
The first connection between the Bible and Hospitality is taken from Hebrews 13:2. This verse is not just about hospitality. It also talks about not judging people and look on the bright side of every person. We don’t know what the person in front of us has been through, or what led to the moment you meet. Welcome everyone; maybe they are favored by angels. In other words, if you don’t know someone, love him/her anyway.
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)
There’s a golden rule – “Do not treat others in ways that you would like to be treated”. This verse is a great example of it. The Israelites were slaves in Egypt; they were treated badly and God says that we shouldn’t treat people the way the Egyptians treated us. God refers to a past event and grants us another lesson: we should learn from our past experiences. The repetitive motive of remembering Egypt is common in Judaism (Pessach, known as liberty holiday) and Christianity (Easter has many common customs like Pessach (Passover) – hiding the egg/afikoman and many others).
“And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and repayment comes to you. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous'” (Luke 14:12-14)
How can you define real generosity? Well, Jesus defines it by giving to the ones in need and not to people that would probably repay you. In a matter of fact, friends and family would probably give you back what you gave them in one way or another. The reception of the ones in need also connects to a Hindu term; Karma. The big question is will you receive good Karma if you’re being generous to a person that cannot repay you? By being generous to unprivileged people you could really test your Karma and you could really give something without expecting to gain something in return.
“‘Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree. and I will bring you a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves after that you may go on since you have visited your servant’. and they said, ‘so do, as you have said'”(Genesis 18:4-5)
This verse is just the gist of hosting the 3 angles. Abraham didn’t know that the 3 people were angles and he treated them with respect – let them wash their feet, fed them with bread and meat and let them rest from their prolonged journey. Because of the great hospitality, they blessed Abraham with a son during the following year, despite Sarah being barren. In this case, they were angels of God and they blessed Abraham in return for his hospitality.
The Bible and Hospitality – Summary
If you have a closer look, there are many more verses that connect between the Bible and hospitality. Some of them in the form of an order and some describe amazing stories about people that hosted people and were blessed and some that used it for slavery and paid a heavy price. If you want to host Israeli travelers, you’re most invited to do so by using our app. We also write about Israel so you’re more than welcomed to check our articles out.