1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
<b>The time had come for Jesus to send out Disciples on their own , so He calls them together. He imparts to them power over evil spirits so that they can cast them out from those who have been possessed by them. Also to heal every kind of disease and sickness. The same anointing power that is flowing in the sap in the true vine (John 15:1), is also flowing through and filling the branches, for whosoever that is in Christ (John 7:38).</b>
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
<b>God gives opportunity for Israel to hear the Gospel before the gentiles (non Jewish and also the non believers) also the disciples weren't ready to consider the gentiles worthy. After Jesus' ascension Peter learned that the gentile (Acts10:11) and through Paul, that indeed the whole world is a part of God's plan (Acts 15:7-9). </b>
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
<b>The apostles were to go strictly to the lost in Israel, who rejected Jesus as Messiah (John 8:49-59). </b>
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
<b>The Kingdom of heaven, God's way of doing and being right, in Christ, by faith through the Holy Spirit (Mat 6:33 amp). </b>
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
<b>Jesus included healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, and casting out devils as part of the preaching the Gospel., not only the Word but also action, through the Holy spirit. (1 the 1:5, Acts 1:8). </b>
9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
<b>When you go walk in the Spirit (Mat 6:19-20, Gal 5:25) the Kingdom of heaven, God's way of doing and being right, in Christ, by faith through the Holy Spirit (Mat 6:33 amp). </b>
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
<b>When they enter a town they are seek out someone who is worthy enough to have them as their guests and stay with them until they are ready to move on. </b>
12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
<b>As they are entering a home they must give their blessing upon it. (" Peace to this house" in Luke 10:5). </b>
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
<b>All places they go will not necessarily be pleasant , for they will be like sheep surrounded by people who are as hard hearted and merciless as wolves. So they are to use wisdom (Jam 1:5). </b>
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
<b>It will not be their own words but the Holy Spirit that will speak through you (Acts 7:55-60). </b>
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
<b>Many people have been tormented by fear in thinking that they have denied the Lord because of some type of sin in their lives. However, God looks on the heart (1Sa 16:7), and regardless of how offensive people's actions or words might be, if there is still a place in their hearts where they honor Him, He will not deny them (2Ti 2:12-13). </b>
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
<b>The peace that Jesus brings is not the peace that mankind strives for, but that peace within Him (John 16:33). Standing in Him by the Holy Spirit is standing in the pace of the Holy Ghost. It passes all natural understanding (Phil 4:7). To be able to stand in His peace, we have available the sword of the Spirit, the Word and the whole Armour of God (Eph 6:17). </b>
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
<b>This "sword of division," even among family members, is not God's will nor is it God who causes it, but it will inevitably come. Jesus was simply preparing His disciples. As much as we would like to see everyone receive the good news, we must not think it strange when even our loved ones don't receive it. Jesus was rejected by His own (Joh 1:11), and we will be also (Mt 10:24-25). We must remain faithful to keep preaching the Gospel, for there are others who will receive. </b>
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
<b>This instruction might leave the impression that we are supposed to hate our fathers and mothers, wives and children, and even ourselves. Matthew makes it very clear in this verse by the use of the words "more than" that this was not what Jesus meant. We are commanded to walk in love, especially to the members of our own families (Eph 5:25-33 and Tit 2:4). Jesus was simply stating that we should prefer Him above any other relationship.. </b>
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
<b>To take up our cross, is to Rom 6:6 Whoever is not prepared to deny himself (die to self-will) and embraces the will of God whatever it may cost is unable to walk in Christ (the anointed One and His Anointing) </b>
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
<b>For to be unable to deny own self will, means automatically that we walk in our own will. We become the pastors and shepherds of our own soul, because we are unable and unwilling to walk in Him (Jer 3:15). </b>
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
<b>This verse shows that even our smallest acts of kindness will be rewarded. As revealed in 1 Co 3:13, every person's work shall be tried to determine "what sort it is," not what size it is. Many people who have never done anything to gain the attention of the masses will shine bright in the day when the Lord passes out His rewards. Many of the Lord's rewards for our actions come in this life, such as children (Ps 127:3-5), financial blessings (1Ti 5:18), health (Isa 58:6-8 , Mt 6:18). However, some of our rewards will not be realized until we stand before God. This is the case with the reward for enduring persecution (Mt 5:12, Luke 6:23).</b>