Jesus added, ” A prophet is never welcomed in his hometown. Luke 4:24
One Sabbath, Jesus in the Synagogue in his hometown was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and read to them about the Spirit. After finished, he said to them, ” The passage of scripture has come true today, ” as you heard it being read. They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that was spoken but refused to acknowledge his preaching because he was just the Son of Joseph.
He said to them, ” I am sure that you will quote this proverb to me, ” Doctor, heal yourself. ” Jesus added, ” A prophet is never welcomed in his hometown. ”
It was true that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and severe famine spread throughout the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel, but only to a widow living in Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. The Lord told Elijah to stay there because he had commanded her to feed him. She welcomed Elijah at the command of the Lord. Elijah met this widow at the gate gathering firewood.
Elijah asked her to bring him a drink of water and some bread too. She answered him that she did not have any bread except a handful of flour and a drop of olive oil in a jar. Then with the firewood gathered, she would go back home and prepare what little she has for her son and herself, after they would starve to death.
Elijah, the prophet said to her, ” The bowl of flour and the jar of oil will not run out before the day, the Lord, send rain. ” A blessing for welcoming stranger, Elijah with love and obedience. The Bible says to welcome strangers, could be receiving angels sometimes into our homes.
Be generous in welcoming people, we will be enriched.