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46) Hebrews - Chapter 13:1 and following
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Hebrews 13:1

Let love of the brethren - This is true.  See Hebrews 6:10-11.  In Hebrews 5:11 they were dull of hearing, were in
need of teaching.  The many exhortations to lay hold, press on, etc., are indications of a special need.  This virtue
characterized the early Hebrew church.  See Acts 2:44-47, Acts 12:5-12, Acts 15:22 and 25.

Forget not to show love.

What does "love" mean if strangers are to receive it?  This was a command for Jews in the Old Testament.  Leviticus
19:34.  There is no honor to us if we love only those that love us, Matthew 5:43-46.

The world needs love, for there is so much of bitterness and strife in the world.

Angels unawares - Instances of it are found in the visit to Abraham and Lot, Genesis 18:2-10, Genesis 19:1-3.

The people had been in bonds themselves at one time.  The people at that time had remembered one another,
Hebrews 10:34.

Perhaps these people were the strangers, for to their own countrymen they had been so helpful in the past.  
Romans were known for their cruelty to their children and to their slaves.  All slaves were slain if the master were
slain by a slave.  A story is reported of a master who killed a slave so that a guest could see the spectacle of a
dying man.

Another Roman fed his fish with the mutilated body of a slave.  The early church received severe persecutions.  The
Jews were cruel, as seen by Stephen's treatment.

"As being yourselves also in the body" suggests identifying one's self with them as the Golden Rule suggest, Luke

"Let marriage be had in honor among all," suggests that is a state that should be revered.  God instituted marriage
by providing Eve for Adam.  The conduct of married people to each other is suggested often in the New Testament.  
Ephesians 5:22-28: Subjection of the wife is in order.  1st Corinthians 7:1-5: A clean marriage state.  1st Peter
3:1-7: The wife is to be honored.

If it is to be honored by all, it is honorable for all.  Fornication is a disregard for marriage, and adultery is a
defilement of marriage.  God will judge those guilty of defiling the honorable marriage relationship with fornication
and adultery.

It was a sin that brought capital punishment in the Old Testament.  See Leviticus 20:10.  The New Testament
indicates that people guilty of this will be in hell.  1st Corinthians 6:9; Revelation 2:22.