Friday Morning: 13 Sep 2019 – Matthew 10:1-23 ~ sent out as sheep among wolves

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Matthew 10:1-23 (NLT)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

  • first, Simon (also called Peter),
  • then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
  • James (son of Zebedee),
  • John (James’s brother),
  • 3 Philip,
  • Bartholomew,
  • Thomas,
  • Matthew (the tax collector),
  • James (son of Alphaeus),
  • Thaddaeus,
  • Simon (the zealot,
  • Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

“Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave.I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[e] When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

“A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.
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Morning Reflection:understandably

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.
– Matthew 10:16 –
So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”

Jesus equipped his disciples with Kingdom authority over sickness and demonization, – it was a delegated authority, since all authority in heaven and on earth belonged to Jesus alone.. (Mt 28:18).

One might understandably think that with Kingdom authority such as this, the disciples would be readily welcomed wherever they went. But such was not the case any more than it was for Jesus. They were sent out as sheep among wolves seeking to devour them. And so Jesus instructed them accordingly – be wise(shrewd) and innocent (harmless), and trust in God’s provision on the journey. nevertheless, expect opposition and persecution along the way.

“But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.”

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever witnessed Kingdom signs and wonders performed in the name of Jesus? Please explain.
  • How would you describe the people involved? Did Jesus get the credit? Please explain.
  • Have you ever welcomed itinerant preachers/ministers into your home? Please explain.
  • When you think of facing opposition and/or persecution for expressing your faith, what comes to mind? Please explain.
  • Is there any fear of opposition and/or persecution that prevents you from expressing your faith now? Please explain.
  • How do you maintain the balance between wisdom and boldness? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: To Please God Rather Than Men (Thomas à Kempis)

Our God, in whom we trust: Strengthen us not to regard overmuch who is for us or who is against us, but to see to it that we be with you in everything we do. Amen.
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“Press On” -Selah

https://youtu.be/SrAMu3HMEks?rel=0
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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