Posted by: Pauline | June 7, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday June 11

Genesis 18:1-15

One may wonder why the text goes into such detail regarding the preparation of the food provided to Abraham’s three visitors. It appears that the writer wants to be sure people recognize Abraham’s generosity and hospitality to the visitors. Some people think Abraham recognized the special nature of his visitors immediately, which would of course account for the extravagant nature of the meal he offered. Others think he realized this only gradually, and that the occasion shows his generosity to anyone who might come to visit. (It is interesting that this example of Abraham’s hospitality comes only one chapter before the destruction of Sodom, which along with its sexual sins was guilty of a lack of generosity to the needy, according to Ezekiel 16.)

Some see, in the placing of this account of Abraham’s hospitality right before the promise that Sarah will have a son, some idea of divine reward. Abraham gave the best he had to his visitors, and was rewarded by the great gift of a long-promised son. But Abraham would probably have recognized that all that he had was a gift from God to begin with, and whether or not he knew exactly who he was serving food to, he was sharing out of the abundance he had received.

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Bible studies on the letters of Paul do not generally focus on the final greetings at the end of his letters. Some readers may slide over these last verses quickly, and find little of practical or theological importance. But Paul’s exhortations, however brief, provide a path to renewed fellowship and blessing in a church torn by conflict. And his closing doxology, often used today at the close of worship services, reminds us that our faith is in a Triune God.

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