Jesus sent them out in pairs to announce God’s Kingdom, and to heal the sick. He gave them power and authority; He commanded them, “Don’t go where the outsiders are, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
On your way, announce, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now!’
Heal the sick, clean the decomposing, and throw out false-accusers. You have let this in for free, so give for free. Don’t take any money (gold, silver, or brass) in your pockets… no bread, no wallet, no money in a bag (nothing) for your journey… not two coats per person, or shoes (but just wear your sandals).” Although Matthew and Luke mention that Jesus said, “not even a staff,” Mark recalled Jesus saying,“a staff only.” Either way, Jesus clearly said, “The worker is worthy of their food. Whatever city or village you enter into, find out who is worthy there… then stay there until you leave.
“Whatever house you enter; greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it. But; if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. Whoever doesn’t welcome you, or hear what you say… as you leave that house (or that city), shake off even the dust from under your feet to testify against them. I tell you Truth’s truth, it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on judgment day – than for that city. Look, I send you out like sheep in the middle of wolves. Therefore; be as wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves.
“But be careful around people, because they will turn you in to councils, and in their churches they will physically harm you. Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings because of me – for a testimony to them, and to the nations. But when they turn you in, don’t be afraid about what you will say, because it will be given to you (at the time) what you will say… it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all people… for my name’s sake… but the one who endures to the end will be saved.
But; when they harass, annoy and victimize you in this city, run on to the next… because I tell you Truth’s truth – you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man has come.
“A student is not over his teacher, neither is a worker over their boss. It’s enough for the student to be like their teacher, and the worker like the boss. If they have called the head of the household, “the Price of False-accusers,” how much more those of his house? So, don’t worry about them, because there is nothing covered that will not be exposed or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak it out in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, announce it publicly. Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but can’t kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in eternity’s recycling fire.Aren’t two sparrows sold for a certain coin? And yet, none of them fall to the ground separate from your Father’s will. But, the very hairs of your head are all numbered… so don’t be afraid. You are much more valuable than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who sides with me before people, I will also side with you before my Father (who is in heaven). However, whoever denies me before people, I will also deny that one before my Father (who is in heaven).
“Don’t think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I didn’t come to bring peace – but a sword. Because I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law… a person’s enemies will be those in their own home.
The one who loves their mom or dad more than me, is not worthy of me; and the one who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. The one who doesn’t take their cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me. The one who looks out for their own life, will lose it; and the one who loses their life (for my sake) will find it.
The one who lets you in, lets me in; and the one who lets me in, lets in the one who sent me.
The one who lets in a prophet (because they’re a prophet) will let in a prophet’s reward. The one who lets in a righteous person (because they’re a righteous person) will let in a righteous person’s reward. Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink (because they are my follower)… I tell you Truth’s truth, that one will in no way lose their reward.”
They traveled throughout the villages,
announcing the good news for us to turn from knowingly doing wrong to to be forgiven of those wrongs. They healed people everywhere.
The Sent-ones told about everything they had done! …having cast out many false-accusers, and sick people were healed (without Jesus being there). They told him everything… whatever they had done… and whatever they had taught.
This caught King Herod’s attention.
He was heard saying, “John the Baptizer has risen from the dead,” and “that’s why these powers are working through him.” Some guessed that Jesus was Elijah, others said a prophet, or “like one of the prophets.” However Herod, when he heard this, said, “This is John, whom I beheaded. He has come back from the dead.”
By this point, people were everywhere… at all hours… coming and going… to the point that they didn’t even have time to eat.
After hearing their stories, Jesus said to them,
“You guys leave here, and find a place without people and rest awhile.”
They went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
This post includes all Jesus’ words from:
Matthew 10:1,5- 11:1
Bible Dictionary: a list of Bible words and phrases (typically Jesus’ words) which don’t have clear meaning when used in daily talk, and are simplified / culturally paraphrased in this story – in pursuit of understanding.
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