Matthew 10

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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)!
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