Examples of Biblical Hospitality (List)

Perhaps you want to put together a talk or sermon for your team or church on the topic of hospitality. Where to begin? Here is a list of stories and references from both the Old Testament and New Testament. 

Old Testament examples of hospitality:

Genesis 18:1-15 Abraham and the Strangers

Genesis 19:1-29 Lot and the Strangers

Genesis 24:22-25 Abraham’s servant is welcomed in Rebekah’s home

Exodus 2:20 Moses is welcomed by a priest of Midian

Judges 13:15 Manoah receives the angel of the Lord.

Judges 19:1-4,20-21 Shelter is given to a Levite

2 Samuel 17:27-29 Hospitality shown to David and his people

1 Kings 17:7-16 The widow of Zarephath cares for Elijah despite her poverty

2 Kings 4:8-10 A Shunammite provides for Elisha

Nehemiah 5:17 Nehemiah shows hospitality to fellow Jews.

New Testament examples of hospitality:

Matthew 9:10, Mark 2:15, Luke 5:29 Jesus Christ received hospitality from people of all social backgrounds.

Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39 Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law

Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3, John 12:1-3, Luke 7:36-50 Jesus’ feet anointed with oil

Luke 10:38-42 Martha welcomes Jesus into her home

Luke 14:1-14 Jesus teaches at the house of a prominent Pharisee

Luke 19:1-10 Jesus eats at Zacchaeus’ house

Luke 24:13-35 Jesus dines with the two disciples in Emmaus

John 2:1-12 Jesus performs the wine miracle at the wedding at Cana

John 21:1-14 Jesus feeds the disciples by the seaside

Acts 16:11-15 Paul at the home of Lydia

Acts 16:25-34 Paul at the house of the Philippian jailer

Acts 18:1-4 Paul with Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth

Acts 21 Philip and other disciples house Paul on his journey

Acts 28:1-10 Paul shipwrecked on Malta