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.
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:
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