Jewish Hospitality

Jewish Hospitality

When everyone is so busy it is hard to make time to invite someone for a meal or any other activity. Also it can be a bit intimidating to allow someone else into your home in the name of hospitality but Abraham gave us an example of it.

“The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.

'My lord,’ he said, ‘if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.’ ‘All right,’ they said. ‘Do as you have said.’ So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, ‘Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.’ Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.” Genesis 18:1-9

Abraham, one of the greatest figures in Jewish history, is presented before us as waiting on others as a servant and bowing before them. Sometimes the reason we are hesitant to invite people over is because we don’t think our home or food is great enough for others, when humility is not concerned about impressing but loving and giving our best. If we understood that we might not be so nervous about how well our homes may meet the expectations of others.

When we open our homes to someone we are welcoming them into our inner circle and making them a part of our way of life. It can be difficult at first but the more we allow others to make themselves at home in our home the easier it is to let go of selfish tendencies and become less defensive about our stuff. While there are some cases where it would be acceptable to invite someone else out to eat at a restaurant or something our home provides a more authentic representation of ourselves because we are surrounded by our own interests which makes the home a mirror of our hearts which could make for some good conversation starters. So if you are nervous about what you should talk about you can ask if your guests have any interests you share.

But don’t worry too much about how much someone value your efforts. Abraham ran to serve others and we should rush to do so to without trying to gain honor for ourselves. However, I am not saying to abandon common sense in this dangerous world. Notice that Abraham was the one who was most forward when it came to showing hospitality to other men and served them directly. When they asked “’Where is Sarah, your wife?’ the visitors asked. ‘She’s inside the tent,’ Abraham replied.” Genesis 18:9. Sarah also showed kindness in preparing things for the strangers however, it is better for men to deeply befriend men while women deeply befriend and welcome women.

Even when married and both the husband and wife are present it is best to be polite yet maintain a modest reserve with members of the opposite sex even while serving them to avoid misunderstandings. If you have been lacking a hospitality you can use the example of Abraham and Sarah to inspire you to help more. Give the best that you have to others and be kind as well as wise. You can be nice without needlessly risking your life. If you have been perhaps less than discerning with your interaction with members of the opposite sex you could also use this example to show how you can be polite in serving them while still maintaining a modest deportment to avoid casting a questionable influence by risking others mistaking your intentions. If you are not sure what to do still pray and ask God to give your opportunities and wisdom to know how to serve others better.

Picture originally found here

Related Articles

More From Grafted Contrary

Eternal Light

One of the things you may find in traditional Jewish synagogue is the Eternal Light which is a…
Eternal Light

Your Children Will Ask You

A study from Pew Research showed that millennials seem less likely to believe in God than…
Your Children Will Ask You

Data Protection

There has been a lot of concern about data protection and personal privacy. It seems that…
Data Protection

The Heart of the Matter

Yeshua said something we should take careful note of in our spiritual walk with God.
The Heart of the Matter

Say Yes to the Dress

For those of you who are not familiar with “Say Yes to the Dress,” it is a T.V program in which…
Say Yes to the Dress

Who is Your God

Who is your God? Many Messianic Jews may answer the God of Israel of course, but is He really?…
Who is Your God

Merciful Truth

The Jewish King, Solomon, provided us with the book of Proverbs.
Merciful Truth

The Path of Life or Death

Sometimes following Yeshua can seem like a difficult decision to make and it indeed can be, but…
The Path of Life or Death

Why do we Have the Bible

It may seem like an odd question if you are already a Believer until you consider that the…
Why do we Have the Bible

Life Advice

I was on Facebook one day and I saw a quote. I don’t remember the name of the person who posted…
Life Advice

What Faith Looks Like

Some conscientious believers really want to know what being right with God looks like.
What Faith Looks Like

Trusting God Like Elijah

Sometimes we may feel like we cannot do a lot of things for God but we shouldn’t believe that…
Trusting God Like Elijah

Lord, Lord, Have We Not...?

There is a very interesting and also troubling passage about the judgment at the end of the…
Lord, Lord, Have We Not...?

The Washbasin

There are a lot of objects and customs used in ancient Jewish worship services that still have…
The Washbasin

Publish the Menu module to "offcanvas" position. Here you can publish other modules as well.
Learn More.


donation