This is part of a Daily Devotional Orwell Bible Church prepares each week. You can get a copy from our Downloads and Literature page.
Following 9:35–38, Jesus sent the twelve apostles throughout Israel to preach that Jews must believe that Jesus is the Messiah, Israel’s King (10:7). Jesus also gave the apostles authority to do miracles that proved their message about the King and the soon-to-come kingdom was true and should be believed.
Jesus describes aspects of their ministry proclaiming the King and his kingdom that point to the future Tribulation period (10:17–23). Before Jesus comes again to establish his kingdom on earth, the gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout Israel’s borders by believing Jewish disciples (Matt 24:14) who will experience the persecutions described here and in 24:9–10, 21.
Truths to Nail Down and Meditate On
- 10:5–15 do not give instructions for gospel ministry now, these are specifically aimed at ministry during Jesus’ time. Contrast this with Luke 22:35–36 just before Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion, where Jesus changes what they disciples should bring.
- Though Jesus’ teaching applies immediately to his time right then, there are truths and principles for our application. Following Christ involves suffering. Fear God not man (v. 28); confess Christ don’t deny him (vv. 32–33); live to serve Christ, not save your life (vv. 34–39); be hospitable to the Lord’s servants (vv. 40–42)!