Archive for May 20th, 2017

Matthew 10

Matthew 10 begins with Jesus bringing together His twelve disciples.  “The names of the twelve apostles are these:

  • Simon, who is called Peter
  • Andrew his brother
  • James the son of Zebedee
  • John his brother
  • Philip
  • Bartholomew
  • Thomas
  • Matthew the tax collector
  • James the son of Alphaeus
  • Thaddaeus
  • Simon the Cananaean
  • Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him”.

Jesus calls them together to give them instructions on the task ahead, and He is clear in making them understand what to expect.

The first thing that Jesus tells them is that this isn’t a paying job.  It’s more of a Go Giver kind of thing.  “You received without paying; give without pay”.  In fact, there would be no pay.  They were being sent out to serve and live with those they touched.  But not everyone will accept that.  “If anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town”.  Jesus makes it clear that they weren’t to waste any time trying to change minds.  If the reception wasn’t warm, it was time to move on.  There were plenty of people to serve.

He summarizes the assignment this way: “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles”.  Jesus explains the reality of people.  The disciples would be out serving and giving good things, but those around them would be tracking them and trying to remove them.  It makes no sense, but it is the reality of human nature.

As Jesus wraps up the preparation of His disciples, He reminds them of this truth: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven”.  We need to pay attention to this truth.  One day we’ll stand before God and be asked about our sin.  Without Jesus, we’re doomed.  We need to have a relationship with Christ and know Him so we can acknowledge Him in that day.  Judgment day won’t be about you or me.  We’re going to fail the entrance exam to heaven left on our own.  We need to find life in Jesus and our relationship with Him which will cover our sin. “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”.

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