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Lesson # Matt. 10:5-7
Study Material - Matt. 10:5-7
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5 These [toutous] twelve [dodeka] Jesus [Iesous] sent forth [apostello] , and commanded [paraggello] them [autos] , saying [lego] , Go [aperchomai] not [me] into [eis] the way [hodos] of the Gentiles [ethnos] , and [kai] into [eis] any city [polis] of the Samaritans [Samareites] enter ye [eiserchomai] not [me] :
6 But [de] go [poreuomai] rather [mallon] to [pros] the lost [apollumi] sheep [probaton] of the house [oikos] of Israel [Israel] .
7 And [de] as ye go [poreuomai] , preach [kerusso] , saying [lego] , [hoti] The kingdom [basileia] of heaven [ouranos] is at hand [eggizo] . KJV-Interlinear
5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, 'Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 'And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' NAS
The King of Assyria planted gentile peoples in the area of Samaria, between Galilee and Judea, thus these folks were considered gentiles. To this end, the Apostles were instructed in their first commission, to go out to the lost of Israel, but not to the gentiles. They were to avoid gentiles, to remain in the nation of Israel (not to leave the country), and since Samaria was in the center of the nation, they could not avoid entering into Samaria, but they were not to enter into the cities of Samaria. This is not a warning to avoid the life pattern of the gentiles, or a non-Biblical life style, though that is certainly an applicable principle which applies to us all.
So why this restriction? Are we gentiles not worthy? Well, no one is worthy - Jew or gentile. But this restriction is not against gentiles and for Jews, but it favors the House of Israel, and that is a different concept than when the word Jew is used. Jew is a genetic term, ie. those peoples who have been descendants of Abraham. The term House of Israel, or chosen peoples of God, is a spiritual term and applies to all believers regardless of genetic background.
So are the Apostles to visit only believers? No. Boy, now we are really confused!
Lets take it one step at a time. Jesus instructs those who would learn - pupils - disciples. When they have learned enough to be dangerous!!! Then they are turned loose on the world so to speak. But God knows enough to not turn anyone new loose on the entire world, He instead gives them a little mission first, then a little more, then a little more, and so forth.
Can you give the keys to the car to the infant? No. First they need to grow up, learn to be responsible, learn to drive, then they drive with an adult, then they drive alone (close to home), then they can go further and further from home and so forth.
Jesus gave these disciples a little mission at first and that applied to their going out to their own peoples - at first. It is far easier to talk to those of your own kind than it is to begin a new responsibility to foreigners. Who would believe you regardless of the miracles you might have at your command?
The second principle to this is that God favors His chosen peoples. The Nation of Israel is representative of all of Gods chosen. Who is Israel? Believers in Jesus Christ. All Israel (genetic) is not the true Israel (spiritual). God favors and sends His blessings out to those who belong to Him.
Later Jesus will commission the Apostles to go to all the world. The gospel is available to, and for the entire world.
'The Kingdom is at hand,' is a message of two parts. To unbelievers, salvation is the principle message. Believe in Christ and have tremendous opportunities available to you, or reject Christ and have tremendous misery as your destiny.
The second part is addressed to believers. Once in the 'Kingdom', saved that is, then the resources of the 'Kingdom' are at hand. Study and advance in your spiritual life and these resources flow to you. Remain defiant and negative toward God, even as a believer, and these resources will remain elusive to you. Your life, even as a believer, will be miserable.
So we are to wake up and smell the coffee or roses or whatever pleasant things it is that you wish to smell, and become wide eyed and alert to the world around us. Understand that there is more to existence than just the five senses. There is the spiritual side of life too. We are to learn Bible doctrine, grow up in His Word. Apply it to our life, and perhaps that (the application part) is the confusing part.
When we learn doctrine we should also learn the basic concepts of freedom, honesty, integrity, live and let live, charity, promotion or support of Gods Word in some way, concepts of privacy, respect and so forth. These things we should do and use in our daily life.
Do we fear that whatever we do to help others might jeopardize ourselves? No. God takes care of His own. We as advancing believers should never fear for ourselves. Example - in our country (the USA), many peoples come here legally and illegally. I read an article recently that 20% of our national population growth between 1990 and 2000, came from peoples moving into this country from around the world.
Some want to close the borders and stop the inflow. Some want to shut down the flow from certain countries. Some want to protect our jobs from being siphoned away to 'outsiders'. Others want to stop it all because of terrorists, and so forth. And all of these attitudes are wrong.
We as unbelievers could have been shut out of heaven by God if He had this attitude, but God gives freely to all, therefore we should do no less. Certainly we need better methods of monitoring folks coming and going, but we should not close our borders and in effect lock ourselves away from the world. I know that the press suggests that we in the US are hated from all parts of the world, and I think that that is a distorted image sponsored by a liberal press. If it were true, then why would the USA be the number one 'move to' country among all the countries in the world. More folks move here than to all the others combined. Freedom promotes prosperity. Sure we have our ups and down, but in the year 2000, the GNP of the world was over 26 trillion dollars. The US portion was over 8 trillion and or over 30 % of that total production. And we have only 5% of the population of the world living here at 280 million people. Europe had a similar production number and they have over three times the people that we have here. Australia has a huge economy. Likewise Canada too. The places with poor economies are in Africa and Asia where the resource potentials and populations are far more than what we have. God takes care of those who belong to Him. Christianity is predominant in the prosperous places of this world. Prosperity follows Christianity. So when you advance in your spiritual life you will never be harmed. It will only help you in your overall life.
Advance in your spiritual life, use common sense in your life, and never return hate for hate, or try to overly protect your position at the expense of others. Be smart and be wise, practical, and fair. God will take care of the rest.
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