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Lesson # Matt. 10:8-10
Study Material - Matt. 10:8-10
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8 Heal [therapeuo] the sick [astheneo] , cleanse [katharizo] the lepers [lepros] , raise [egeiro] the dead [nekros] , cast out [ekballo] devils [daimonion] : freely [dorean] ye have received [lambano] , freely [dorean] give [didomi] .
9 Provide [ktaomai] neither [me] gold [chrusos] , nor [mede] silver [arguros] , nor [mede] brass [chalkos] in [eis] your [humon] purses [zone] ,
10 Nor [me] scrip [pera] for [eis] your journey [hodos] , neither [mede] two [duo] coats [chiton] , neither [mede] shoes [hupodema] , nor [mede] yet staves [rhabdos] : for [gar] the workman [ergates] is [esti] worthy [axios] of his [autos] meat [trophe] . KJV-Interlinear
8 'Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give. 9 'Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, 10 or a bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. NAS
The mission and the assignment, to heal the sick and cleanse the lepers, to raise the dead and to cast out demons. All manner of corruption of the soul is represented. As they teach, the Apostles were to use these gifts of power for the sole purpose of confirming that which they say is truly from God.
If they were to mislead anyone, then it stands to reason that their powers would not function. God does not promote deceit or falsities. Simon wanted to purchase these powers, Acts 8:18, but was rebuked by Peter for his selfish intentions. Making money for the dissemination of Gods gifts is not the intent. All these things were to be gifts of God, not something paid for by mans efforts or mans resources.
Jesus Christ went to the Cross and did all of the work necessary for our freedom from dearth and sin. Man receives that gift (salvation) freely from God. It is available to all - both rich and poor alike for the only requirement is to believe in Gods Plan, which is to say that salvation comes to us through the Son and from no other source. This narrow gate of salvation excludes all other forms of religious philosophy, it excludes all other attempts to approach God (the Father) by any other means.
The Apostles were to give freely, that which was given to them. Christ went to the Cross and was not paid for His efforts. He in turn gives to us the fruits and blessings of His efforts without charge.
The Apostles were not to expect compensation, not to set up shop, not to hang out their shingle as a healer. They were not engaged in a business for profit, but were commissioned by God to bring the message of Gods Word to all who would listen. The gifts were given to them as confirmation of their message, nothing more. Anyone who might question their message (the gospel and doctrine) could then see clearly that their powers were unique and beyond human ability, therefore from God. Therefore, their message must be from God and worthy of ones attentions.
A comfortable life is expected, 1 Cor. 9:13-14, and none of us should expect that we are to be living in destitute poverty. Mans financial situation is not a condition of his spiritual status. We are not to be poor first, nor successful first before we can gain entrance into Gods Plan. Anything earthly and non-spiritual is irrelevant.
The Apostles were to not take more than one coat, not to pack extra shoes, extra staffs, not to depend on the provisions of this world. If they were worthy, then provision would be made for them by God. If they were unworthy (outside of Gods Will) well then, they would be in a bad way.
Two things are in view here. All ministers who rely on the ministry for their livelihood should not expect to get rich from their chosen career, but likewise they should expect to have a comfortable living. Their congregation has an obligation to support their minister or local church in a fashion that will provide their minister with a comfortable living for himself and his family. No congregation should expect to receive spiritual feedings and not support their minister. In this fashion we all have our responsibilities in life. God gives to us and expects us to utilize what we have in a generous and gracious manner. We are all to support our church. We are all to support some charity for the purpose of helping others. To remain here on earth with an attitude of selfishness and greed would be a total failure on the part of the believer in the area of personal responsibility. God gives freely and He expects us all to give in turn from that which we have received. God is not going to have any of us starve. So not to worry there.
To rely on the gold, silver, and brass of the world (coinage of Rome, of Greece, and of the Herods) would again be a failure to understand the true source of our blessings. To ignore that source (God) and to be selfish with that which has been given to us, would mean that sooner or later we would lose that source, and many blessings that might have been available will be lost. Never take for granted your source or your blessings. The fear of God, or better yet the fear of losing God in ones life should be enough to drive us all to fervent compliance with His will.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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