Mission Direction for the Twelve: Matthew 10:5 – 15

My mission direction today differs from this first one given to the twelve disciples, but important lessons remain applicable to my walk as a disciple. Matthew 10:5-15 A New Mission Direction Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of …

Calling found in Journey: Matthew 10:1-4

Looking for an Easy Answer to Calling? To find calling, I need to prepare myself for a journey without expectation of a specific answer, time, or place. Obtaining this answer requires effort: mental, spiritual, and maybe even physical. Most of all, it requires I prepare myself to hear the whisper of God’s Spirit. Matthew 10:1-4 Jesus called his twelve disciples …

Praying Workers are Few Matthew 9:35-38

Today, praying workers are few. Why? Praying workers are few because many church workers look to the need described here, ‘harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd,’ run out to meet the need, but disobey the command stated here, ‘Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers.’ The command contained here is to ‘ask the Lord,’ …

Spiritual Blindness Incurable? Matthew 9:27-34

Spiritual blindness incurable? This section closes with a statement from the Pharisees that makes me think so. Jesus healed two blind men. He said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ Again as in the last scene, there is a desperation associated with this faith, a sense of ‘nowhere else to turn.’ For effective prayer, I need …

Desperate Circumstances Reveal the Need for God: Matthew 9:18-26

Desperate circumstances will reveal my need for God. The synagogue ruler broke rank and chose to reach out to Jesus because he was desperate. His daughter was far more important than his position or reputation, and in her death he recognized how empty, pointless and worthless was everything in which he had trusted. He was empty and in desperate circumstance. …

A Real Life Not a Patched Up Religion: Matthew 9:14-17

A real life promised by Jesus, in this section, he compares reasons for fasting. He implies to his disciples that he will give them a deeper relational purpose for fasting in the future. In contrast, he will not impose fasting on them as an ascetic, traditional, religious practice. Again his focus in on the inner life, not on adhering to …

Follow Me: Matthew 9:9-13

‘ Follow me’, Jesus says to Matthew. Matthew immediately follows him without excuse or delay, and with no indications of regret. It is likely Matthew already knew of Jesus by reputation. Jesus knew his heart, and knew he was ready to give up the life he had known. Unlike fishing, tax collecting was not a profession to which he could …

A Paralyzed Man Forgiven and Healed: Matthew 9:1-8

The paralyzed man is first forgiven and then healed. The purpose of the miracles was to serve as a testimony to the identity of Christ, and it is interesting that forgiveness has priority in the discussion. Forgiveness of the paralyzed man most bothers the teachers of the law. The teachers of the law represented the religious people of the day …