To show love toward strangers - He 13:2 c. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV). 1. Commentary. 5. He has participated as man from the first instant of His incarnation, in this prerogative of His divinity. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to the deeds he is doing – the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! The original Greek for “doing good” means to adore or produce good, in the lane of kindness and charity. In Romans 3:9 and 3:23, Paul reminds us no one is righteous, and we all fall short of the glory of God. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. First and foremost, we can lead by example, adhering to quarantine and social distancing guidelines in place to decrease the spread of the virus. * * Preached at the house of one made a widow by her husband's desertion; who left her in straitened circumstances to provide for a young family. Our normal seems broken, and instead, we feel stuck on a malfunctioning roller coaster. We must ask God, prayerfully, to see our lives through the lens of faith and His perspective. When we tend to seek easier or seemingly better solutions, the divinely inspired truth of God’s Word in Hebrews reminds us Jesus is still better (The word “better” is repeated throughout the Book of Hebrews). God’s people have been faced with trying times since the beginning. Let us in our measure do so too. was over. 3. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body. 1 # After recommendations on social and moral matters (Heb 13:1–6), the letter turns to doctrinal issues. It’s imperative we give what we have, and there is so much we can do without leaving our homes. That includes good things. The former, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship- a different kind of ‘sacrifice’ -that take place in kitchen and workplace on the streets.” Hebrews 13:16, The Message paraphrase. 3 Remember the prisoners as if you were fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you also were suffering bodily. Homer W. Hodge We come to the request of Paul made to the Church at Ephesus, found in the latter part of Ephes. The current state of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us reeling. The resurrection of Jesus is presupposed throughout Hebrews, since it is included in the author’s frequently expressed idea of his exaltation, but this is the only place where it is explicitly mentioned. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Jesus knew, riding into the Holy City on Palm Sunday, what was coming. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that confess his name.”, God has faithfully equipped us to face our current circumstances, through Christ. Such is the glory of grace in the Christian life.” Hebrews 13:16 reminds us of the import command to love others, regardless of our current circumstance. The persecuted Stundists and Armenians and Jews, the famine-stricken millions of India, the hidden slavery of Africa, the poverty and wretchedness of our great cities--and so much more: what suffering, John Calvin was born in 1509, at Noyon, France. You created each of us for a specific purpose.