Matthew 10:34-39 Jesus’ Disciples Job Description: Mission Statement

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Jesus Shares the Mission Statement

Jesus continues with His job description for His disciples. Today we get to the His “mission statement.” His “mission statement” is His boiled down reason for coming. Jesus isn’t going to soft pedal it here. In fact, He draws a line in the sand and says exactly what it takes to be one of His team members.

Jesus and God’s “mission statement” is simply this: God FIRST above all else in your life. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The greatest commandment is this, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, and soul. Read more »

Matthew 10:26-33 Jesus’ Disciples Job Description: Management’s Role

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Join Jesus’ Team

In yesterday’s lesson Jesus shared with His disciples the kind of “customers” they were going to encounter. He flat out told them that there would be trouble and that they would encounter people who would cause them significant distress. Logic would say that, unless the job is very high paying or you have a tremendous heart for those you will be serving, most people would run from the position Jesus just described. We know which one of those two reasons caused the disciples to sign up. Today Jesus tells them what they can expect from “Management”, God and from Jesus, for choosing to do His work.

The first thing Jesus tells His disciples is to NOT be afraid. That job description could certainly instill fear if Jesus ended His description there, but He doesn’t stop there. Instead, Jesus tells His disciples how valuable they are to Him and to God. He tells His disciples that they are so precious that God even knows the very number of hairs on each one’s head. They can trust Him to watch over them as they go about His work. Jesus showed that He cares about His disciples physical needs, as His earlier instructions about His preparations for supplies demonstrated, but Jesus’ greatest concern is for His disciples’ eternal future. Jesus emphasizes the fact that what happens in this world is nothing compared to what happens in the next. Life and death here is nothing compared to life or death in eternity. Eternity hangs in the balance for the disciples in their “new job.” Read more »

Matthew 10:16-25 Jesus’ Disciples Job Description: Customer Service

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Read the fine print

Jesus talks to His disciples today about the people they will be serving as they go out. He doesn’t speak strictly about the people they will be serving in the next couple of days or weeks, but in their lifetime. He prepares them for the difficult task ahead. After such a “pep talk” I don’t know if I would be so eager to run out and start ministering. But in that “pep talk” He is SURE to mention that He and God, again, have their backs.

Jesus starts by saying that they are going out as “sheep in the midst of wolves” (verse 16) but that they are not to just stand there and be eaten. They are, however, to remain innocent in these circumstances. They are not to become like the wolves to fit in. But they are to be wise about their strategies in reaching out to those they are to serve. Don’t become like them but make your lifestyle so enticing to them that they want to become like you. You, after all, have the only true remedy to their problem. And you are offering it to them freely. Read more »

Matthew 10:5-15 Jesus’ Disciples Job Description: Location, Role & Supplies

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Job Description

Jesus has finished phase one of His disciples on the job training, has personally bestowed His authority on each one of them, and is now ready to deliver to them their full job description. This is a lengthy and thorough description, so it is going to take us a while to get through it all. I want to take the time to read it fully, just like you would read your own new job description. You have to know where you are going to be working, what you will be doing, what tools you will need to bring to work with you, the kinds of customers you will be serving and how to treat them, what you can expect management to do for you, the “Mission Statement” of the company and what your compensation for service will be. All these Jesus addresses with His disciples before He sends them out. We are going to take the first three parts today: their location for service, their role, and what supplies they need to provide.

Jesus has been taking the disciples on a tour of “their department” while He has been ministering. Matthew reported in chapter 9 verse 35 that they had gone throughout all the cities and villages. These were the same places the disciples would now visit as they personally shared Jesus’ message. They were only to go to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (verse 6). We have not heard stories yet of Jesus visiting any of the Gentile or Samaritan cities. I’m curious if the city near where we got “deviled ham” was Israeli or Gentile. The city was still in Galilee but they were raising pigs. A BIG no-no for the strict Jew. Jesus didn’t go into the city either, so does that count as visiting outside the house of Israel? Read more »

Matthew 10:1-4 Jesus Equips His Twelve Disciples

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Jesus’ Anointing Passed On

Jesus has completed His first phase of on the job training with His disciples. He is getting ready to send them out to work “in the field.” They needed one more thing before they were ready to go though. They needed the ability or authority to do the work He has for them. I wonder what exactly happened during this presentation of the “tool belts.”

Matthew goes into great detail about their instructions for their work, which we will look at starting tomorrow. But he doesn’t go into detail about how Jesus actually imparted His authority to His disciples. Jesus “gave them authority over uncleans spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction” (verse 1). I wonder if His impartation of His authority was through the laying on of hands.

Laying on of hands has been used to convey the transfer of authority, blessings, spiritual gifts, and healing throughout the old and new testaments. The first mention of laying on of hands is done to confer blessing is in Gen. 48:12-20 when Israel blessed Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Read more »