What Jesus Did! 'Exclusive?' — Matthew 10:5-6

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jesus gave these twelve apostles some orders. Then he sent them {to tell people about the kingdom}. Jesus said, "Don't go to the non-Jewish people. And don't go into any town where the Samaritans live. But go to the people of Israel (the Jews). They are like sheep that are lost."
— Matthew 10:5-6 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 10:5-6 NLT — "Don't go to the non-Jewish people. And don't go into any town where the Samaritans live. But go to the people of Israel (the Jews). They are like sheep that are lost."

Key Thought

Our world is supercharged because of religious hatred and woeful acts committed in the name of religious leaders. Any time a leader warns about racial intermingling, s/he is quickly branded a prejudicial and racial bigot. Jesus' racially exclusive plan was given to him by God. He follows that will and executes that plan perfectly. That meant going to the Jewish people first. They were his own people. He wanted to save them. But he was also training his 12 apostles to be ready to go into all the world. To be ready to reach the world, they needed first to learn how to influence their own friends and family, the culture they knew best. Then, when time was ripe and the disciples better trained, Jesus would issue a new order to supersede the previous limited one. That later one (Matthew 28:19) was not just for Israel, but for all nations!

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, help me as I try to help others share the Gospel of Jesus with others. Please stir us all to do more than just study with the lost, but to love them and share Jesus with them. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 1:16
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Revelation 7:9

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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