10 Matthew

Author

Jim Asselin

Scripture

Matthew 10:1-42

Observations

  • Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness
  • These twelve Jesus sent out telling them not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans, But to the lost sheep of Israel
  • They are to proclaim ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near’
  • They are told to Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons
  • They are to take nothing with them
  • They are to enter towns and villages, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until it’s time to leave
  • If the home is deserving, their peace is to rest on it; if it is not, their peace is to return to them
  • If anyone will not welcome them or listen to their words, they are to move on
  • Jesus says it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
  • Jesus says that he is sending them out like sheep among wolves. Therefore they are to be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. They to be on their guard, for they will be persecuted
  • They will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles
  • But when they are arrested, they ought not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time they will be given what to say for the Spirit of your God speak will speak through them
  • Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
  • They will be hated by everyone because of Jesus, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
  • Jesus says that when they are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Jesus says that they will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes
  • A student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.
  • It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. They will be treated like Jesus is treated.
  • Do not be afraid of persecution, it is temporary, and God values you far more than anyone else. Fear him.
  • Acknowledge God
  • Allegiance to God often brings division and separation between people here on earth.
  • If we prefer earthly relationships over God, we don’t deserve him
  • Whoever does not sacrifice everything for God doesn’t deserve him
  • Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for God’s sake will find it.
  • Whoever welcomes God’s chosen will be rewarded as if they welcome God personally
  • Whoever treats God’s chosen with kindness will be rewarded

Application

I am Christ’s witness and ambassador. Jesus has all power and authority, and since I belong to Jesus, it is Jesus who people accept or reject, not me, it is not about me.  My wholehearted acknowledgment of God gives people an opportunity to make a decision, to have peace or anguish. I shouldn’t be overly concerned with those who reject God, and I should expect conflict, for the decision to follow God and separate from this world is exposing and personal. As an ambassador for Jesus I give people an opportunity to be rewarded, to be free, and to find true life. Today I am an ambassador for Christ and I need to exemplify that what he has offered is better than what the world offers.

Prayer

Father,

Make me your ambassador and help me to represent you well, remembering that you will work today just as you did in the lives of the disciples. Give me the faith to live like it, expecting to see the kingdom of heaven work in my sphere of influence. Lord, you have given me a front seat; I am waiting to see what happens.

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