Matthew Lesson 11 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 11 Day 3

Matthew 10:1-15

6) Jesus gave his disciples power and authority. . .

  • over unclean spirits, to cast them out
  • to heal every disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity (AMPC)

7a) The lost sheep of Israel

Jesus instructed the disciples to go to “the lost sheep of Israel.”

He first instructed them where they should not go. “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans.” Jesus had success in Samaria (John 4) so that may be why he felt it was necessary to mention it specifically lest they be tempted to evangelize there. (Carson)1

b)  What the following verses have to say about Jesus’ command:

John 4:22 The Samaritans don’t comprehend what they are worshiping.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go to ALL the nations; Make disciples; Baptize them; Teach them what He (Jesus) taught them.

Acts 1:8 The reach includes Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the remotest parts of the earth. Jerusalem is where they were at the time, so they didn’t need to go somewhere else to begin.

Romans 1:16; 2:19-20 The good news of Christ is God’s power to everyone who believes. It was offered first to the Jews, and now to everyone else.

8)  Further instructions

  • Preach, saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  • Cure the sick
  • Raise the dead
  • Cleanse the lepers
  • Drive out demons
  • Without pay and without charge (Jesus did maintain a treasury bag, however)
  • Accept invitations to eat and sleep in homes of worthy people. Bless them.
  • Move along when you are unwelcome.

9) Judgment for places that reject the Kingdom of God

Genesis 18:20; 19:24-25

It will be worse for them than it was for Sodom and Gomorrah when sulfur and fire rained down and completely destroyed them. “He overthrew, destroyed and ended those cities, and all the valley and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” (Genesis 19:25 AMPC)

“But Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t have as powerful a witness as what Jesus and His disciples gave to the people of their day. Therefore, those who rejected Jesus and His disciples would be given a more severe judgment (Matthew 11:21 and Luke 10:13). There are varying degrees of punishment, based on knowledge (Luke 12:47-48).”2

10) Apply to today

  • Get empowered
  • Ask for direction
  • Don’t run a fund-raising campaign.
  • Travel light.
  • We don’t need a lot of equipment. We are the equipment!
  • Don’t insist on staying at a luxury inn.
  • If we’re rejected, don’t make a scene. Just move on.

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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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