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Matthew 10

Matthew 10

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.

The 12 disciples are named and given power.  It should be noted here that these names are English forms, of Greek forms, of Hebrew names; for example James was really called Jacob  [Yacov], Jesus was named Yeshua in his own language; John was actually named Yohanan (יוֹחָנָן), “Graced by God”, or Yehohanan (יְהוֹחָנָן), “God is Gracious.” 

10:2 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; 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

The twelve were commanded to go to the people of Israel including Judah.  It was later that Paul was sent to the Gentiles.

10:5 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: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Christ commands them to preach the same Gospel of warning and repentance that he himself was preaching, giving them the power to heal, raise the dead and cast out unclean spirits; which is the sign and seal of the disciples of Christ. 

Preach, the kingdom of heaven is at hand; which refers to internalizing the Word of God, and the laws of God’s Kingdom written on the hearts of the called out; and those faithful being representatives of God’s Kingdom among the people; and to the coming millennial Kingdom of God. 

10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Those proclaiming the TRUTH of God have a right to live by their labors and to be supported reasonably by the hearers.  That does not mean living like an Arabian king as some have; it means a reasonable living, as they focus on the work and not on physical pleasures.

10:9 Provide [do not provide for yourselves] gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat [the spiritual worker is entitled to the support of those he serves].

10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy [Is among the faithful to God]; and there abide till ye go thence.

This clearly shows that it was intended for God’s teachers to have their needs modestly provided for by those who received benefit from their labor of  teaching. The laborer being worthy of his wages.

10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Stay with people [a house] of good godly reputation, which receives the Gospel with joy; and if that is not proved out, then leave that house.

10:14 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. 10:15 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.

If people will not hear and respond to the words of the scripture and the calling to God, leave them and warn other cities. Those who will not repent and turn to God shall have their judgment and great will be their fall.  This includes today’s Ekklesia.  Christ will not always strive in warning; the day is fast approaching when the unrepentant will be rejected into great correction for idolizing men and refusal to be zealous for the whole Word of God.

10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

People of God are to behave wisely and are to be as harmless to others in their actions as their zeal for God will allow;  Never compromising with their zeal to passionately follow the whole Word of God.

Here Christ reveals why!

We are to preach a Gospel of warning and repentance boldly, and that will bring persecution; we shall witness to kings, concerning the truth of God and NOT about some vague strong hand. It is very important and absolutely imperative that our example fit our teachings! If we teach the way of peace between men; then we are to set that example, even if we are being abused; so that not one can charge us with any hypocrisy or giving an uncertain warning by not practicing what we teach! .

10:17 But beware of men [In the corporate assemblies] : for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues [congregations and corporate churches]; 10:18 And ye [some of you] shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles [And a witness to the unconverted].

Study the scriptures diligently and be prepared to give an answer and put on the whole armour of the Word of God, but do not fear interviews with  leaders or with anyone, because God will bring your studies to remembrance and will inspire you as to what to answer them. 

10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

We are to study the scriptures diligently and practice what we learn, so that we can learn even more and receive a better understanding through the DOING of the Word; and then at the needed time God’s Spirit will bring to remembrance those things that you have learned which need to be said on that occasion. We are to prepare by study and enthusiastically keeping God’s Word; which will internalize the nature of God within us; so that we shall have the necessary answers in our hearts when the time comes to give an answer.

10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

This warning is to the twelve and also to all who should follow in their footsteps. The zealously faithful to God WILL be persecuted by this world and by the faithless within the Ekklesia.

Those who desire the things of this world will perish with them. Those who desire houses or lands are not serving God but mammon; it may be that God will provide houses and lands, but our heart should not be set on such things; we should be set on God and his ways and be prepared to suffer as Christ suffered; for the servant is NOT greater than his master, and we are clearly warned that we SHALL suffer in good time.

10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house [they called Christ the leader of the demons; Satan] Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household [the faithless will also call the zealous for God evil]?

In due time the workers of good will be made known, and those who work evil shall be revealed.

10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Do NOT fear the false leaders in the assemblies, or those in this world; who would persecute and kill you, for God knows the truth and He knows your love for him. There is nothing that shall not ultimately be revealed, and they shall learn that God has loved those who have enthusiastically served him.

You who are filled with zeal for God the Father and his Word: FEAR NOT, be filled with courage! God loves his faithful.

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works [love for and faithful zealous obedience to me and my commandments] and: behold, I have set before thee an open door [of access to the Father], and no man can shut it [God knows that you will allow NOT man to come between you and your God, so closing that access via idolatry]: for thou hast a little strength [you are personally weak having very little strength and rely on God], and hast kept my word [zealously keeping all of my instructions and commandments], and hast not denied my name. [you have acknowledged and accepted Christ’s authority over you, enthusiastically keeping all of his word, instructions and commandments; as a good servant to his Master and Lord]. 

Those false elders and leaders who condemn zeal to keep the Word of God and demand that people follow them as their idols of men; will be corrected by Christ until they sincerely repent!  Then they shall worship God and learn zeal for God from those they had previously condemned!

3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Christ will make those who claim to be converted, yet who deny him by exalting men and organizations above him, and are therefore enslaved in the chains of sin; Christ will take those faithless religious leaders and men who persecute and condemn the zealous; and will bring them to sincere repentance in the furnace of affliction.

Then they will come to the faithful and acknowledge that they were wrong and that God has loved those zealous for him.  The persecutors will then seek knowledge at the feet of the faithful who they had condemned; and they shall worship GOD at the feet being taught by those faithful and zealous for God, who they had previously condemned.

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness [secret], that speak ye in light [openly]: and what ye hear in the ear [from God], that preach ye upon the housetops [SHOUT from the Roof Tops!].

Fearlessly proclaim the truths that Christ taught to his disciples; to all men; and that includes those falling astray in the Flock. 

Never compromise with the Gospel of warning and repentance into a false business model outreach!  No Never!  

Fear and respect Almighty God:  NOT men!

10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

An innocent child with a loving parent, rushes to leap into his arms, finding protection and comfort there; but when that child is cognizant of guilt, when they have done something very wrong; they fear correction for their sin.  It is not the righteous who need fear correction, but the evil doer; indeed God defends those who love and keep his Word!  

Here Christ says to fear God who can destroy BOTH body and spirit; showing that there is NO immortal soul and Satan has lied when he says that we shall not die. 

Yet God the Father CAN give immortality, which eternal life is a gift of God for the sincerely repentant and faithful overcomer. 

Jesus teaches us to stand fearlessly on the Word of God; no matter what anyone else says; and regardless of the titles they apply to themselves, they have absolutely NO authority if they are departing from the Word of God.

Almighty God has AUTHORITY and the Word of God has AUTHORITY; People who teach contrary to the Word of God have no moral authority whatsoever!

ALL moral authority belongs to God; and when any man is not consistent with the Word of God; he has absolutely NO moral authority at all! 

Jesus Christ is ashamed of the moral cowardice and lack of faith of those who fear men and are ashamed of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Have courage and be strong to stand up and give an answer to those who would condemn you for your zeal for the sanctity of the Sabbath, the Biblical Calendar, or any part of living by the whole Word of God.  Arm yourself with the truth through prayer and study and then fearlessly KEEP what you know to be true, and be courageous to give an answer to all who would condemn you!

10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Ultimately Christ will bring peace, but he will do so by destroying the wicked who refuse to sincerely repent.  At the moment the faithful and diligent called out are an infinitesimal minority in the world and even in the Ekklesia, which has fallen away from their zeal for keeping the Word of God. 

Right now the godly are being persecuted from within the Ekklesia and God is allowing this to TEST our zeal for HIM!  Will we turn away from God to idolize men; or will we be passionately faithful to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth and to passionately KEEP the whole Word of God? 

Jesus Christ came to divide the righteous from the faithless; to divide the zealous to keep his Word, from the zealous for following idols of men! 

10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Christ’s message is a call to peace through reconciliation and unity with God!

That message is offensive to the carnal mind which will not be subject to God’s commandments! Therefore that message will divide the faithful from the faithless of this world; and yes, it will divide the faithful from the faithless man followers in the Ekklesia.

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh [and seek the things of the flesh as their priority] cannot please God.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

If we are to exalt Christ and God the Father above our parents and children; how is it that some would exalt  idols of men, houses, lands and personal pleasures above the Word of God? 

Why do we say that the Sabbath is holy and then regularly pollute it?  With the very excuse that buying in restaurants on Sabbath and High Days is for our own pleasure?  In doing this we confess that our own pleasures are more important to us than any zeal to keep the Word of God!  We judge and condemn ourselves with our own words!

10:38 And he that taketh not his cross [is not committed to his burden of trials to the very death], and followeth after me [in all things], is not worthy of me.

If we are not ready to follow all the instructions of Jesus Christ, and ALL the commandments of the law, through any and all persecution, to the death; giving up ALL for the Pearl of Great Price; Then Jesus Christ says that you are NOT worthy of HIM!

How many have been wrongfully baptized not understanding this commitment? How many have lost sight of their commitment in this wicked world and these lukewarm church of God Groups?

Our commitment is to God the Father and Jesus Christ is a commitment to endure all, give up focusing on things of the flesh; and to focus on internalizing the nature of God and the Kingdom of God, as our very nature.

That is the commitment we made at baptism; the commitment that most have forgotten.

10:39 He that findeth his [carnal life of worldly pleasures] life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

If you seek to save yourself from persecution, and to save the physical life by recanting the things of God and compromising with his commandments; you shall surely not be in the resurrection of first fruits; you have sold your spiritual birthright of leadership for eternity, for the bowl of the pottage of worldly comfort! Shame, Shame and Double Shame for following the sin of Esau!

Those who focus on God and his Kingdom and love the Eternal enough to give up the things of this world to the very death; shall have a martyrs reward!

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

This who respond to the teachings of the truth of Christ, are responding to Christ.

10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

To reject the truth of God is to reject God.

1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones [the faithful little ones] a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. 

And those who persecutes the zealous for keeping the whole Word of God, shall also have their recompense.

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