Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
I have seen this theme used many times in art. We have all seen the TV show where someone is unaware of the real identity of a stranger and unaware that their true nature is being tested by this stranger. We have seen variations, sometimes it is where Christ returns in an unexpected form and is unrecognizable to the person to whom he appears. Continue reading
Numbers 22 – 24
Numbers Chapters 22 through 24 is the story about Balak the king of Moab and Balaam a prophet who was not an Israelite.
Balak saw the Israelites approaching the plains of Moab. Balak knew what the Israelites had done to the Amorites, which was slaughter them when Sihon the king of the Amorites would not allow the Israelites to peacefully pass through his land. Being aware of the power of the Israelites, Balak decides to enlist the help of Balaam. He sends his servants and princes to Balaam and asks Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites.
God interceded and told Balaam not to go. Balaam told the elders of Moab to inform Balak that he would not do this. Continue reading