Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 10:1-15, Power given to Apostles, Must preach Kingdom of Heaven! Minister's duty to reject wealth or payment

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)

In this lesson we learn about Yeshua's instructions to his Twelve Apostles with regard to the message of their ministry. Also, Yeshua gives amazing power to the Apostles to heal the sick and to raise the dead. Yeshua also gives specific instructions to his Ministers when to walk away from someone who refuses to receive the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 10
1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3. Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4. Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

We see that Yeshua gives power to his Apostles to do amazing things, such as raise the dead. But we also have to remember that Peter was the only (original) Apostle to raise the dead later on in the New Testament. We must also remember that out of the original 12 Apostles Peter had the greatest faith, as he demonstrated when we briefly walked on water. This power was given to all of us but it is highly unlikely that anyone would have faith enough to perform the miracles that we are all capable of performing.

Also Yeshua tells his Apostles NOT to preach the Kingdom unto the Gentiles but to preach to Israel FIRST.

Matthew 10
8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
9. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10. Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

This is one of the most important instructions that Yeshua gave his Apostles and to us for that matter. We are to reject material wealth at all cost, especially when one is called to preach the Gospel. The underlying message here is to "freely ye have received, freely give". that means don't charge money for your services.

Matthew 10
11. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12. And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Yeshua is telling his Apostles not to waste their time on people who simply refuse to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a point when you simply have to walk away. Yeshua also tells us that those who refuse to receive the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven will receive, what appears to be, a greater punishment at the judgement for those who outright reject the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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