MUSINGS – February 19, 2019


Matthew 10:1-15

Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them authority to force evil spirits out of people and to cure every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first and foremost, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James (son of Alphaeus), and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent these twelve out with the following instructions: “Don’t go among people who are not Jewish or into any Samaritan city. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel. As you go, spread this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Cure the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse those with skin diseases, and force demons out of people. Give these things without charging, since you received them without paying. “Don’t take any gold, silver, or even copper coins in your pockets. Don’t take a traveling bag for the trip, a change of clothes, sandals, or a walking stick. After all, the worker deserves to have his needs met. “When you go into a city or village, look for people who will listen to you there. Stay with them until you leave that place. When you go into a house, greet the family. If it is a family that listens to you, allow your greeting to stand. But if it is not receptive, take back your greeting. If anyone doesn’t welcome you or listen to what you say, leave that house or city, and shake its dust off your feet. I can guarantee this truth: Judgment day will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city.

The disciples were sent out into Israel taking nothing but the gospel and the power of Christ.  Several times earlier Jesus had berated them for their lack of faith. This was a test of their faith and the faith of those who received them.

The disciples were to greet others with a blessing, “Peace be with you.” To those who refused the good news the blessing was withdrawn. Those who refuse the peace of Christ should be troubled. Their souls should remain restless so that they keep seeking so that someday they may onces again be offered that peace that can not be found in the world.

Remember that, though your message is sound and true, you mash not be the right messenger for that person. Pray that the right messager be sent to them, then move on.

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