Summary of passage: Jesus sends out his 12 disciples, telling them to go to the lost sheep of Israel and not the Gentiles and preach that Heaven is near. They are to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse and drive out demons freely. They are to take no gold for they will find shelter amongst the people. Stay with worthy people and forget those who do not heed your message. It will be like sheep among wolves so be shrewd and innocent.
5a) Jesus told the disciples to go to the lost sheep of Israel and to not go to the Gentiles or any in the town of the Samaritans.
b) John 4:22: The Samaritans worship what they do not know; the Jesus worship what they do know. Basically, the Jews knew God and Jesus; the Samaritans did not. Their time has not yet come (verses 21 & 23)
Matthew 28:19-20: Jesus told them after his death to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all his commands.
Acts 1:8: It’s all in God’s time for all (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and all the ends of the earth) will be Jesus’ witnesses and receive the Holy Spirit.
Romans 1:16; 2:9-11: Jesus came first for the Jews and then the Gentiles.
6a) To go to Israel first, to preach the kingdom of heaven is near; to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. To do this freely and rely on the people for your support.
b) Freely you have received, freely give.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Probably poorly, I’ll admit. I don’t like to give anything freely, really. I must admit I have a heavy negative connotation with the word “free” because nothing is free in this life and it affects my giving. I am stingy with my time, my kids, my resources, my abilities, my gifts, etc when I shouldn’t be. Luckily, my husband is better at this so I can learn from him.
I do not have a naturally generous spirit. Something I definitely need to pray about and work on.
d) Everyone who believes in him.
7a) Not to take any money for the journey and to rely on others for their keep. Stay at the house of worthy people and ignore those who won’t heed the message. Be shrewd and innocent.
b) Personal Question. My answer: To give more freely since everything I have is His anyways. Be more serving. To have a better attitude when I am called to serve. To be open to His call. Believe that I can do more than what I am doing; that I do have a bigger impact on others than just one out of billions on this earth. Shake off the naysayers of this world and follow Him. For God will deal with those later.
Conclusions: I don’t understand BSF at times. Both today and YESTERDAY the verses they sent us to were incomplete in my humble opinion. If you read before and after, you’d get a deeper sense of what BSF is trying to teach. In Question 5b, the point is that Jesus came first for the Jews and then for the Gentiles, which explains Jesus’ command in Matthew to not go to the Gentiles just yet. It is clearer if you read more verses.
Yesterday, the same with the shepherd analogy especially the Jeremiah passage. We see God as the shepherd and we see the failings of his chosen people (the Levites) to be the shepherds to the people. But if we read more in the given passages, we’d have a greater understanding of that.
Please see my post on the SENDING OUT OF THE APOSTLES. This was not mentioned at all by BSF (maybe in the notes) but I deemed it important enough to post a topic on it.
End Notes: There was a ton of work to be done amongst God’s people first. Yes, Jesus died for all but we must still remember Israel is God’s chosen people since the beginning of time. He starts with them.
Jesus’ message is “the kingdom of heaven is near” which must be given freely with no expectation of monetary rewards by those bringing it. Those who do not receive this message are responsible for their decision so do not worry about it: shake it off.
Jesus warned they will face persecution; yet, they are to not retaliate and to use their wisdom to survive.