BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 11, Day 3: Matthew 10:5-16

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.

Questions:

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.

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5 comments on “BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 11, Day 3: Matthew 10:5-16

  1. LJ says:

    Hello! I just wanted to leave a comment of encouragement regarding your response to question 6c… I know that I don’t know you personally but you are very generous to share this blog. Your blog helps me to think of things in a different light, and sometimes you point out things that I may have missed, and I love your honesty! You’re not afraid to express if you don’t understand or like a question. I sometimes try to be perfect with answering the bible study questions and you’ve showed me that it’s ok if I don’t quite know the answer. So, to sum it all up, I think that you are very generous and I appreciate the time that you take to do this blog! God Bless!!

  2. bereadytogo says:

    I also agree with LJ, l am not a good writer and some times i feel the question are poorly written and i struggle to answer them. I then go to your blog to see how you responded and either get a perspectve that i totally missed or validation that i wasn’t alone in my confusion. I am so thankful to you for you blog.

  3. Sharon says:

    Don’t say your not giving a lot! God has personally given you an area in uncharteded even though unauthorized BSF territory. God saw a need and appointed someone who had to be very courageous to go there. You aren’t getting paid anymore than the rest and you give your time and ideas and you have shown yourself faithful week after week, too. To my knowledge you have never not taken a week and not posted. Paul wasnt authorized at first but he stayed on course and didnt let lack of support stop him. Whether others notice or even appreciate what you do, God sees and God rewards. Gods rewards are the only ones that have value.
    My sincere thanks goes to you for your faithful service and for not going off course with the Word of God. And my way to support you in your journey can be to pray for you and from time to time encourage you because we are all tied together in Christ and go on our journeys together as Chriats body. From time to time we even verbally speak back a refreshing drink of encouragement to you. Because in doing this Jesus says we will get to in some small way share in the reward God is holding for you. Thankyou for having the courage to take up a call by God, not man and staying on course with the truth. BSF is great and has changed my life in turning me to trusting God also in unchartered territory for my life. I love the human element your honesty adds. Remember God sees our work we do for him for His kingdom and His glory.

  4. keijo says:

    I love to go and win the people to Christ and from the fire of hell to new blessed life in Christ and be filled of the Holy Spirit for promises of heaven to help us and be our guard in that last time when alot the light has no light but darkness cover so many place to sorrow of us and for worry for us, thanks and bless and pray for me to be help,keijo sweden

  5. Jody says:

    I love how after I have answered my questions for BSF, I come to your blog to see how you answered. Your answers ignite something much more deeper in me to make me rethink and reevaluate. I appreciate the time you put into sharing with us that are looking for a clearer way to look at these questions with our own honesty. Thank you so much.

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