Genesis 18:1-16 (The Message)
8 1-2 GOD appeared to Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre while
he was sitting at the entrance of his tent. It was the hottest part
of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing. He ran from
his tent to greet them and bowed before them.
3-5 He said, “Master, if it please you, stop for a
while with your servant. I’ll get some water so you can wash
your feet. Rest under this tree. I’ll get some food to refresh
you on your way, since your travels have brought you across my path.”
They said, “Certainly. Go ahead.”
6 Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. He said, “Hurry.
Get three cups of our best flour; knead it and make bread.”
7-8 Then Abraham ran to the cattle pen and picked out a
nice plump calf and gave it to the servant who lost no time getting
it ready. Then he got curds and milk, brought them with the calf
that had been roasted, set the meal before the men, and stood there
under the tree while they ate.
9 The men said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”
He said, “In the tent.”
10 One of them said, “I’m coming back about
this time next year. When I arrive, your wife Sarah will have a
son.” Sarah was listening at the tent opening, just behind
11-12 Abraham and Sarah were old by this time, very old.
Sarah was far past the age for having babies. Sarah laughed within
herself, “An old woman like me? Get pregnant? With this old
man of a husband?”
13-14 GOD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh saying,
‘Me? Have a baby? An old woman like me?’ Is anything
too hard for GOD? I’ll be back about this time next year and
Sarah will have a baby.”
15 Sarah lied. She said, “I didn’t laugh,”
because she was afraid.
But he said, “Yes you did; you laughed.”
16 When the men got up to leave, they set off for Sodom.
Abraham walked with them to say good-bye.
Matthew 25:31-40 (The Message)
25 31-33 “When
he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him,
the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then
all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the
people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting
sheep to his right and goats to his left.
the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are
blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom.
It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation.
And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what
are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed
you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you
sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say,
‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one
of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you
did it to me.’
Hebrews 13:1-4 (The Message)
13 1-4 Stay on
good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with
a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended
hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!