In His second major discourse of Matthew, Jesus equips and instructs His apostles about going into the world and reaping the spiritual harvest. In this passage, Jesus expounds on the courage needed to complete the mission and warns His followers of certain persecution. He reminds us that while not all who hear will believe, God's wisdom is powerfully demonstrated in changed lives.
From the teaching series 40 Matthew - 2011
|Matthew 10 (NKJV™)|
|32||"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.|
|33||"But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.|
|34||"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.|
|35||"For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';|
|36||"and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'|
|37||"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.|
|38||"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.|
|39||"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.|
|40||"He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.|
|41||"He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.|
|42||"And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward."|
|Matthew 11 (NKJV™)|
|1||Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.|
|2||And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples|
|3||and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"|
|4||Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:|
|5||"The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.|
|6||"And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."|
|7||As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?|
|8||"But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.|
|9||"But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.|
|10||"For this is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.'|
|11||"Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.|
|12||"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.|
|13||"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.|
|14||"And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.|
|15||"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!|
|16||"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,|
|17||"and saying: 'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.'|
|18||"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'|
|19||"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."|
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From the Series:
40 Matthew - 2011
From its opening genealogy through its careful record of Old Testament prophecies fulfilled, Matthew's gospel forms a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In this in-depth study by Pastor Skip Heitzig we'll consider Jesus' ancestry, birth, public ministry, death, and resurrection, and we'll gain a clearer understanding of Jesus as both Messiah and King.
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