Context:  Jesus is sending out His 12 disciples at the beginning of His ministry.


   “And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease…”   –Mt. 10:1


   Some details:

   “…do not become anxious over how out what you will speak; for it shall be be given to you in that hour what you are to speak…for it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”  –Mt. 10:19-20


   “…do not fear…”  –Mt.10:31


   “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”  –Mt. 10:40


And then there’s talk of  “… a righteous man… [receiving] his reward.” –Mt. 10:41-42


What’s missing here from this cherry-picked selection? (Use the DOOR for more.)




   There’s the inconvenient other side of the coin. Here’s what comes with this obedience of first full-time service. All these are found in chapter 10. We’ll just list and number them. Remember, they go out in pairs, not as a single group.

   (1)  Go to your own people (the “lost sheep of Israel”).

   (2)  Don’t “acquire” money or take bags of stuff.

   (3)  In a new place, seek out “worthy” people and don’t just wander around. If people don’t prove worthy, quickly leave.

   (4)  Practice the gifts you’ve been given. This will get their attention.

   (5)  You’re going into “the midst of wolves.”

   (6)  People will take you the “court,” “governors,” and “kings.”

   (7)  They will “scourge,” or whip you.

   (8)  By this, some outsiders (Gentiles) will hear.

   (9)  You will be hated because of Jesus.

  (10)  Those that endure will be saved.

  (11)  You will be considered, by many, as under the influence of the devil.

  (12)  You will be physically threatened (but though they may kill the body, they cannot without your permission kill the soul).

  (13)  Part of “the Message” is not bringing peace, but bringing a “sword.”

  (14)  Practice and preach: Those who fail to love Jesus more than anyone or anything else are “not worthy of Me.”

  (15)  Following Jesus means taking up a personal “cross” and carrying it daily.

  (16)  Even small good deeds matter and are recognized by God.


   Two observations about all this:

   First, these were special instructions to special servants at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. They do not ipso facto in every detail apply to every follower of Jesus. However, secondly, many of the the attitudes, actions, and commands here are in other places in the New Testament directed to those beyond the first disciples.