Subject: Christian Religious Studies
Class: Primary 3
Term: 3rd Term
Topic: Reasons for hospitality
Some reasons for showing hospitality are:
1. When we are hospitable, we are obeying the word of God. One of the things God says in his word is that we should care for the needy and strangers among us. Examples:
a) Jesus says in Matthew 25: 31-46 that on the day of judgment, those who do not care for the needy and strangers would be condemned. This means that they will go to Hell fire. Then those who are kind to the needy and who welcome strangers will go to heaven.
b) God says in the law He gave us that if someone’s brother be comes poor and cannot help himself, he should be helped (Lev 25:35).
c) In Deuteronomy 15: 11, God says we should bear in mind that there will always be the poor and the needy among us, and we should take care of them.
d) In Paul’s advice to the Church leaders, he said that as servants of God, they should be hospitable (Titus 1:8 and 1Timothy 3:2).
2. Another reason for being hospitable is to save lives. If one travels to a place and has a serious problem like an accident and there is no one to help, the person could die. Through people that are hospitable, many people that had serious accidents have been saved from dying. Some abandoned babies, children, poor and sick people are alive today because people are shown hospitality to them, thereby obeying God.
3. We should show hospitality out of love. God loves us and says we should love one another. Love makes us willing to help anybody we see that is in need.
The widow of Zarephath welcomed Elijah
During the reign of Ahab, the people of Israel were disobedient to God. They were worshipping idols. Elijah declared a drought in Israel in the name of God and it happened. There was famine, because rain stopped falling. As Elijah was faithful to God, God provided for him. God first took him to Cherith where there was water for him to drink. He commanded birds to feed Elijah with bread and meat, morning and evening.When the water at Cherith dried up, God took Elijah to Zarephath and directed him to a widow who fed him. Elijah met the widow at the gate of Zarephath as she was gathering firewood to prepare a meal for herself and her son. It was to be the last food in her house. After that meal there would be nothing again for her and her son to eat.When Elijah saw her, he asked her to get him water to drink. As the widow was going to get him water, Elijah asked her to also prepare a meal for him. The widow explained that what she had was only the last meal remaining for herself and her son, but Elijah told her not to fear. He told her to prepare for him and then for herself and her son. He explained to her that God had revealed to him that the food in her house would never finish till the time God would end the drought. The widow obeyed Elijah. She served him first and the food in her house did not finish. The widow kept having food throughout the period of famine and drought.
The widow welcomed Elijah in her house and obeyed Elijah’s comThe widow of Zarephath provided food for Elijah and to care for him first before herself and her son. God made the food in her house not to finish. While Elijah was there, the woman’s son fell sick and died. Elijah prayed to God and the son came back to life. God made all this possible because she was hospitable to Elijah. She had welcomed Elijah but never knew that he was a prophet of God.
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