Ten day 15 Insatiable: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) What is the connection between brotherly love and hospitality in verses 1 and 2?

2) What does it mean to keep yourself free from the love of money mentioned in verse 5?

3) What is the connection between fear and the love of money? (verses 5-6)

Hebrews 13:1-7

Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily. 4 Marriage is to be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. 5 Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. 6 Therefore, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

Original Intent

1) What is the connection between brotherly love and hospitality in verses 1 and 2?
This short passage in Hebrews carries a theme of brotherly love. The Greek word for brotherly love, “philadelphia”, can be broken down into its roots; “philo” means “loving friend” and “adelphos” means “brother.” This passage encouraged first century Christians to love each other as brothers and sisters in one family regardless of background, lineage, slave or free, male or female. The Greek word “philoxenias” translated “hospitality” in verse 2 also begins with “philo.” The second half of this word is “xenias” which means strangers and people who are unknown. “Philoxenias” is an interesting word because a loving friend would never be a stranger. Brotherly love should also lead to remembering believers in prison or undergoing persecution. Bible scholars estimate the book of Hebrews to have been written around 60-70 AD. The book of Acts records several instances when Peter, Paul, Silas, and other Christians were persecuted and imprisoned for their faith. Showing brotherly love to fellow believers, those in prison or persecuted, and even strangers should be a defining attribute for believers.

2) What does it mean to keep yourself free from the love of money mentioned in verse 5?
“Keep yourself free from the love of money” is an interesting idea. In English, this appears to be a command. However, in Greek, this phrase “aphilarguros” is an adjective describing someone who doesn’t love silver.  You may have noticed in the middle of this word is “phila” and wondered if it was related to “philos.” It is! This is a verb that means “fond” and “friendship love.” The “a” before phila means “un” or “not.” So, this phrase means that others should describe a believer’s character as not having “friend-love” for money. The word “yourself” in this verse relates to your character and way of life. Often when I think of “myself,” I think of my physical body that I see in the mirror. However, this word means my character, how I live life through my actions and conversation. Different translations capture the idea that we have a choice in how we regard money and that our affection for money will influence our conversation, our character, and our way of life. The King James Version of the Bible translates this as “Let your conversation be without covetousness”. The NET Bible translates this “Your conduct must be free from the love of money.”

3) What is the connection between fear and the love of money? (verses 5-6)
Freedom from the love of money comes from having confidence that God is our helper; God will never leave us or forsake us. The author of Hebrews quotes Joshua 1:5 when God promised He would be with Joshua as the new leader of Israel after Moses died. “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 The author also paraphrases Psalm 118:6-7The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me? The Lord is my helper; therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me.” The Bible illuminates God’s steadfast, faithful character so we can trust Him and not be afraid instead of relying on the fleeting supply of our monetary funds.

Everyday Application

1) What is the connection between brotherly love and hospitality in verses 1 and 2?
This passage is encouraging the early church to treat fellow believers, who were their brothers and sisters in Christ, with deep love. Loving behavior wasn’t limited to only believers, however, they were also to demonstrate friendly love to people they didn’t know. One reason the author gives for being friendly and hospitable is that some strangers may be angels. (verse 2) As the disciple Matthew records, whoever loves the least of these, is loving Jesus. (Matthew 25:40) As we act in love towards others, we are truly loving Christ Himself! This passage also encourages believers to honor each other’s marriages and flee adultery. Adultery may appear to be about love, but it is unloving to one’s spouse and the other person’s spouse or family if they are married. Treating others as committed family members with love and faithfulness is an important way for Christians to show Jesus’ love to the people around us. Who can you love like family today?

2) What does it mean to keep yourself free from the love of money mentioned in verse 5?
I would paraphrase Hebrews 13:5 as “Don’t be someone whose best friend is money.” Money is a tool; it should not be what we look to for love, security, joy, or wisdom. It will never love us back! If we treat money as our best friend, we will miss out on the blessing of true friendship with Jesus and others. Love is a choice. The object of our love is also our choice. Our decision to love something or someone influences our conduct and way of life. A choice to love money can have destructive consequences because it influences our character and our actions, pulling us away from loving Jesus and one another. Paul warned, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)

3) What is the connection between fear and the love of money? (verses 5-6)
Often our friendship with money finds its origin in fear. We look to money for solving our problems and providing what we need. Loving money is a poor substitute for a real relationship. Our primary relationship should be with God, but often we substitute that essential relationship for a pseudo relationship with money. Love of money will never satisfy us. It leaves us fearful, untrusting, and unsatisfied. The solution is to depend on Jesus rather than looking to money to meet our needs and provide our security. He will be with us to guide and direct us. If we struggle with dissatisfaction, it could be we have replaced our love for Jesus, who will stick closer than a brother and will never leave us or forsake us, with love for material and temporal things.

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1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
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in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

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Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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