This post is part of my yearly journey through the Bible, my schedule can be found here or at the schedule link above. Please feel free to join me.

There are so many things to think about in this section of the Bible, that I hesitate to write about anyone of them for fear of doing a disservice to the remaining items.

This section of Bible includes a story often referenced when discussing the tithe, the story of Abraham and Melchizedek. I have already written my thoughts on this elsewhere so if you are interested feel free to read them.

Broken Down
I was very much drawn to the story of the angels who visited Abraham in chapter 18. Abraham’s cultural customs created an excitement to entertain these strangers, we see this again when Lot meets two angels and all but demands they come to his home. I am not sure if this tradition extends from the Lords love of the stranger, widow and orphan, or as is later said in the book of Hebrews “Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.” I simply can not be sure which thought came first, not that it matters in the grand scheme of things.

My personal thoughts on the matter are much more unpretentious: “I don’t want to do that.” I have a wife and a daughter, whom I would prefer to not endanger by inviting a stranger into my home. I understand that this maybe wrong in some fashion but I can not avoid it. I do not pull over to help people on the side of the road if my wife and daughter are with me; ok I don’t really pull over if I am alone either. I think about it and I have gotten better at actually doing it but I wish I cared more.

Regardless, I am not sure how to go about this. I am not going to invite the guy on the corner with the “will work for food” sign into my home but I have often wondered if he is an angel. I am not so naïve as to think all of those people are supernatural beings but I suppose all of the strangers welcomed into homes through history weren’t all angels either.