Jesus sends his disciples out to preach and warns of the consequences.
1. When Jesus sent his disciples out preaching, what did he tell them to say, and what were they to do?
v 7 and 8 As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
2. What sort of opposition did Jesus tell his disciples to expect when he sent them out?
v 16 to 18 Behold, I send you out as sheep amongst wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
3. What did Jesus say he came to do?
v 34 and 35 Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword. For 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.
- v 1 to 4 Jesus selects his 12 disciples and gives them power to heal
- v 5 to 15 Jesus sends his disciples out to the Jews to teach and heal. He tells them not to take money or spare clothing but to accept the hospitality that is offered
- v 16 to 23 Jesus warns of opposition to their teaching and tells them that they will be highly unpopular with authorities and family
- v 24 to 33 He tells them to expect the same treatment that he is having. He says that they should fear the one who can destroy totally in Gehenna
- v 34 to 37 He tells them to expect divisions in their families
- v 38 and 39 Following Jesus must be more important than all other considerations
- v 40 to 42 Anyone who accepts a disciple of Jesus in effect accepts Jesus himself and will be rewarded