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Matthew Chapter 10

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

TUESDAY JULY 14

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10

BY: Josh Boles

Matthew chapters 10-11 are two of my favorite chapters in the Gospel in regard to the Church’s mission while we are here on earth. My favorite is probably Acts chapter two but these next two days have some really, really good missional content for us. Chapter 10 specifically is long and has so much to unpack so rather than breaking it up I am just going to hit the high points all today.

As we enter chapter 10 Jesus has finished calling all of His 12 disciples. Now that this event is complete Jesus’ ministry on earth has been fully started. In a way, its kind of like a Church plant in today’s society. They gathered resources, recruited people, and got the message out there. Now they are ready to dive full on into their ministry. This is a good way to look at it as it will really help us to draw application from this text for our Church culture today.

This whole chapter is about Jesus sending out His disciples. Jesus gives each of them sound wisdom and encouragement, but also warnings. The first bit of wisdom really is involving discipleship. The first bit of instructions that Jesus gives the 12 is to not go preach the Gospel among the Gentiles in verse 5. This seems odd doesn’t it? Did Jesus not come to save the Jews and the Gentiles? Yes! But again, it is really a point of discipleship above anything else. You see there were Jews (lots of them) who had lost faith in the coming messiah who was right there in front of their eyes. So naturally, the disciples first priority was to go wake up the sleeping Jews and disciple them. We simply have to be pouring into other Christ followers lives in order for the kingdom to advance. We must disciple each other. Iron sharpens iron right?

The next piece of wisdom comes in verse 14 and is so important for us top hear. How many of you get discouraged when somebody does not respond the way you had hoped to the Gospel? We take it to heart right? And sometimes we get offended. I love Jesus’ practical wisdom here, “Shake it off, and move on!” (Paraphrase of vs 14.) We have to realize that they are not rejecting us, even when it feels that way. They are rejecting Christ and as we see, that is not going to end well for them. So what is our response? I believe that it is prayer, consistency, and grace.

After this Jesus gives the disciples a few warnings. The first warning is to not become worldly in verse 16. So why would Jesus offer this advice? Well because the disciples are supposed to hang out with lost worldly people. That is why Jesus says that he is sending us as sheep in the midst of wolves. To quote the book of James, we are to be, “In the world but not of it.” Remember yesterday when Jesus reclined with the sinners? That is what we are supposed to do but we have to be thermostats, not thermometers. If we do not engage with the lost culture, then we have nobody to share the Gospel with. When this happens it is a great tragedy. It’s ok to have lost friends, in fact, Jesus encourages it. Just be consistent in your faith and point them to Jesus always. 

There is still so much in this chapter to cover so I am going to do my best to just sum up the rest of the chapter. We have this thing called the Holy Spirit that is always with us, and will always guide us. We just have to listen. See verse 19-20. The heart of this chapter in my opinion is verse 27. There is a reason we come together to worship a couple of times a week. There is a reason we pray, and do Bible studies. There is a reason we disciple one another. None of those reasons are for us, it is for them, the lost. Just pay close attention to this verse. The things that Jesus whispers to us in secret, we proclaim to the lost world. Sunday is not a day for us to just rest and get away from the world. It is a day for us to fuel up and prepare for a week full of sharing the Gospel on every rooftop proclaiming the saving grace of out Lord Jesus Christ.

I know this devotion is long, but I cannot help but point your attention to verse 42 in light of the sermon Sunday. The world around us is waiting for a cup of cold water. Go give somebody a cold cup of water! The “littles ones,” in this verse does not refer to children, but to anybody in need. Who is in need of the Gospel? Everybody!

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Matthew Chapter 9

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

MONDAY, JULY 13

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9

BY: Josh Boles

There is so much to learn about Jesus in this chapter.  I want to start with a statement made near the end of this chapter and then we will move back to the front of the chapter and cover as much ground as this space allows.  The statement I want to begin with is found in verse 36: “When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Jesus cares about people.  And that care leads to compassion.  Think about it this way.  Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone.  Empathy is expressing sorrow with someone because you have been where that person is.  But compassion is something deep in us that moves us to intervene on behalf of someone.  We see Jesus doing this throughout this chapter. 

As the chapter opens, a paralytic is carried to Jesus by some friends.  The Bible says Jesus saw the faith of the friends, not the faith of the paralytic but of his friends, and responded.  We should never discount that value of having faithful friends who are people of faith.  That paralytic walked home that day not necessarily because of his faith but because he had good friends of faith who went the extra mile to help him.  

From there we get a quick look at Jesus calling Matthew to follow Him.  Matthew did.  What we miss in this story is how incredibly costly it was for Matthew to do that.  He left a very lucrative job to follow Jesus.  On his way out, he threw a party for some of his friends.  You might have noticed that his friends weren’t necessarily Sunday School teachers (or should we say Life Group teachers).  But Jesus was right in the big middle of them any way.  Jesus never condoned sin.  But He never shied away from hanging out with sinners.  That hurt His reputation with the religious folks.  But it sure did open the door for the rest of us to feel comfortable hanging out with Jesus.  I love that the scripture says that Jesus reclined with them. Basically, he got comfortable with sinners without becoming like them. We are either shaped by the people around us, or are shaping others. We are either a thermostat or thermometer. 

It is about this time that there is a short pause in the narrative and Jesus teaches a great truth.  He speaks in terms of putting a patch on some old, worn out clothes and putting new wine in an old wine skin. 

Both comparisons, the patch on the old clothes and the new wine in an old wine skin, are really teaching the same principle.  Jesus did not come to patch us up so that we would last a little longer.  He came to bring something so radically new that nothing that had previously existed could contain it.  The Gospel and the abundant, eternal life it promises is so amazingly powerful, the world had never experienced anything like it.  Jesus was turning the religious world upside down and giving it a good shake.  By the way, religious people don’t appreciate that sort of treatment.  Nevertheless, Jesus came to bring new life.  As the story of Matthew and friends indicates, this new life is not a funeral.  It is a feast.  It is not all doom and gloom.  It is a party.

From there we are told about some more amazing miracles that Jesus performed to help some folks who were in a really bad way.  Just remember, Jesus had compassion on those who were harassed and helpless.  He still does.  

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