“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:1-2) During this past High Holy Day Season, we had the opportunity to open our home to a number of people who had never been there before.
Hospitality offered during one of God’s medium (special appointments) is considered a special blessing.
First, a king came to brunch. Yes, a real king. His name is A.E. Chukwuemeka-Eri. He is the ruler of the Enugwu Aguleri Community, Eri Kingdom, Nigeria, and he is a Jewish believer in Yeshua! The king attended two of our Shabbat services and was consummately blessed.
He wears a type of talit with Hebrew inscriptions, a menorah and a Magen David. He carries a royal scepter made of an elaborately carved elephant tusk. King Chukwuemeka-Eri is from the Ibo tribe which traces its roots to Eri, the grandson of Jacob, whose father was Gad (Genesis 46:16).
We shared food, scripture and prayer with the king and even danced before the Lord in our kitchen. Abundant joy was our portion!
The Lord sent us many special guests at Sukkot. A few came with messages for us from God. Three ladies who have prayed for us faithfully and frequently – for over 15 years – sat in our sukkah and encouraged us to keep on course, that God is with us and is pleased.
We needed their words. A couple from Haiti (new members of our congregation) surprised us by telling us why they decided to join Temple Aron HaKodesh. Yanick recounted the following dream as she sat in our sukkah.
The setting was in a place like a church but not a regular church. The light in the place was brighter than in other dreams. The leader of the place was Jewish, a Rabbi with a wife and two sons. There was a service and after it was over the wife gave Yanick a test… After the test, the couple left with her, and the wife gave her a great deal of gourmet food at an outside table…
There is more to the dream, but imagine Yanick telling us this as we were serving them food in a sukkah at an outside table.
Her dream even included our white plastic water pitcher. Towards the end of Yanick’s dream, while having all the food and desserts, she said to herself, “I am going to tell my husband and my sisters how the Jewish people eat a lot…” That day Yanick’s dream became a reality.