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Matthew 10

   

The Twelve Disciples; Instructions for Service

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Matthew 10:1
  Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
   
Matthew 10:2
  Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
   
Matthew 10:3
  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
   
Matthew 10:4
  Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.
   
Matthew 10:5
  These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;
   
Matthew 10:6
  but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 
Matthew 10:7
  "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
 
Matthew 10:8
  "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
 
Matthew 10:9
  "Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,
 
Matthew 10:10
  or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.
 
Matthew 10:11
  "And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.
 
Matthew 10:12
  "As you enter the house, give it your greeting.
 
Matthew 10:13
  "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.
 
Matthew 10:14
  "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
 
Matthew 10:15
  "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
     
   

A Hard Road before Them

 
Matthew 10:16
  "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
 
Matthew 10:17
  "But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;
 
Matthew 10:18
  and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
 
Matthew 10:19
  "But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.
 
Matthew 10:20
  "For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
 
Matthew 10:21
  "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
 
Matthew 10:22
  "You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.
 
Matthew 10:23
  "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes."
     
   

The Meaning of Discipleship

 
Matthew 10:24
  "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.
 
Matthew 10:25
  "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
 
Matthew 10:26
  "Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 
Matthew 10:27
  "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.
 
Matthew 10:28
  "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
 
Matthew 10:29
  "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
 
Matthew 10:30
  "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
 
Matthew 10:31
  "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
 
Matthew 10:32
  "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
 
Matthew 10:33
  "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
 
Matthew 10:34
  "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
 
Matthew 10:35
  "For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;
 
Matthew 10:36
  and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
 
Matthew 10:37
  "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.
 
Matthew 10:38
  "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
 
Matthew 10:39
  "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
     
   

The Reward of Service

 
Matthew 10:40
  "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
 
Matthew 10:41
  "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.
 
Matthew 10:42
  "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
     
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