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Hospitality

Rev. Jim RigbyRev. Jim Rigby, 06/11/2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Scripture Reading – Genesis 19: 1-13 (The Inclusive Bible) – Jim Taylor
The two messengers arrived at Sodom in the evening, and found Lot sitting by the city gate. When he saw them, he rose to meet them, then bowed so deeply that he touched the ground, saying, “Please, honorable travelers, come to your faithful one’s house. Wash your feet, and refresh yourselves and spend the night. You can continue your journey in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” But Lot urged them so strongly that they agreed to come to his house. Lot prepared a meal for them, baking unleavened bread, which they ate. Before they had retired to the sleeping quarters, the men of Sodom surrounded the house, young and old, down to the last man in town, yelling to Lot, “Where are these travelers who entered your house today? Bring them out to us, and let us ‘know’ them too!” Lot went out before the crowd, closing the door behind him, and pleaded with them, saying, “No, friends, don’t do such a wicked thing. Look, I have two young daughters who are virgins – take them and do whatever you want with them, but do nothing to these travelers, for they are enjoying the protection of my hospitality.” But the crowd yelled, “Stand aside!” They said, “This fellow Lot came into our community as a foreigner, and now he would play the judge. We will treat him to worse than his visitors!” They crowded around Lot and pressed close in order to break down the door. But the travelers reached out and pulled Lot inside, shutting the door behind him. Then all the men who were at the door, great and small, were blinded by a dazzling light so that they were unable to find the entrance. Then the two travelers asked Lot, “ Do you have anyone else here – daughters, sons, their spouses, or anyone else in the city? Get them out of this place, for we are about to destroy it. The clamor against its people is terrible before YHWH, who sent us to destroy it.”

*‘YHWH’ represents the divine name found in the Hebrew text. It represents the divine mystery, and is not pronounced. Instead, we say ‘God’ or some other term of reverence.

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About Rev. Jim Rigby: I have been pastor here at St. Andrew’s for over 25 years. I have a love of world religions and a passion for social justice. My hope for ministry is to help people discover the deeper aspects of their own lives, to share life together with other seekers, and then join together to be a catalyst for making our world happier and safer for the vulnerable ones of our world.
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