Matthew 9-10 B

I noticed chapter ten had a lot of popular verses we use in Christian missions circles:

“Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.” (9-10)

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” (16)

“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (19-20)

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.” (28)

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (30-31)

“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (39)

Really, the whole speech is famous, but these really stand out. Man, being a disciple sounds intense! Intense, but weirdly safe while also dangerous. A lot of Holy Spirit. improvisation and trust.

It was go-time for Israel. This was the “wake up, guys, your Messiah has arrived” tour. Not all these aspects apply to missions today. In fact, this probably wasn’t intended to be normative method of missions (not taking a change of clothes and shaking the dust off our feet at people). There are some timeless truths to take with us though.

Like, being rooted in the love of God. Fearing Him over anyone else, as in, elevating His opinion to the top.

Or, trusting Him to provide at every unforeseen twist and turn.

What do you guys think? What is the message now? What are the timeless truths? Does it apply to all of us or just some of us?

-Bethany

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