Scripture: Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6; Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 10:1-16; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6.

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The People of Nazareth Refuse To Believe

Matthew 13:53-58 (KJV) 53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed thence.  54 And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?  55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?  56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?  57 And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.  58 And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Mark 6:1-6 (KJV) 1 And He (Jesus) went out from thence, and came into His own country; and His disciples follow Him.  And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands?  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.  But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.  And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.  And He marvelled because of their unbelief. And He went round about the villages, teaching.

Jesus Urges The Disciples To Pray For Workers

Matthew 9:35-38 (KJV) 35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  37 Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.

Jesus Sends Out The Twelve Disciples

Matthew 10:1-16 (KJV) 1 And when He (Jesus) had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.  Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.  Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.  11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.  12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.  13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.  14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.  15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.  16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Mark 6:7-13 (KJV) And He (Jesus) called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.  10 And He said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.  11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.  12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.  13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Luke 9:1-6 (KJV) 9 Then He (Jesus) called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.  And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.  And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.

1. Where did Jesus go (Matthew 13:54a; Mark 6:1a)? To His own country, His hometown.

2. Who followed Jesus (Mark 6:1)? The disciples.

3. Where did Jesus teach (Matthew 13:54b; Mark 6:2b)? In the synagogue.

4. Why were those who heard Jesus astonished (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3)? Because they knew His family.

5. Where is a prophet not shown honor (Matthew 13:57; Mark 6:4)? In his own country, among his own kin and in his own house.

6. What did Jesus do as He went about all the cities and villages (Matthew 9:35)? Jesus taught in their synagogues, preached the gospel of the kingdom and healed every sickness and every disease among the people. 

7. How did Jesus respond when He saw the multitudes (Matthew 9:36a)? He had compassion for them.

8. Why did Jesus respond this way (Matthew 9:36b)? Because they were like sheep having no shepherd.

9. What did Jesus give His disciples (Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7b; Luke 9:1)? Power over unclean spirits, to cast them out.  Power and authority over all devils and to cure sickness and diseases.

10. Where did Jesus command the disciples to go first (Matthew 10:6)? They were to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel first.

11. How were the disciples to travel (Mark 6:7a)? Two by two.

12. What did Jesus command them to say about the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 10:7)? That the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

13. What were the disciples to do if they weren’t received – listened to or welcomed (Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5)? They were to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony against the home or town rejecting them.

14. What does Jesus say about sheep and wolves (Matthew 10:16a)? “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.”

15. What instructions did Jesus give the disciples (Matthew 10:16b)? “Therefore be a shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” 

16. What did the disciples preach (Mark 6:12; Luke 9:6)? They preached that men should repent.  They preached the gospel.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 9:37-38 37 Then saith He unto His disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

The verses above were spoken by Jesus to His disciples.  The harvest (unbelievers in the world) is still plenteous.  Jesus is calling us to go forth.  Become one of Jesus’ laborers. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 10:16 (NIV) “I (Jesus) am sending you out like sheep among wolves.  Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

The verse above is explaining how we should prepare for our journey into this world. We must find a balance between shrewd and innocent to accomplish God’s work.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Shrewd means prudent, sensible, wise. Innocent means without any mixture of deceit; without any defiling material.  May we indeed be wise as snakes and innocent as doves.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will show compassion to those in the world who are struggling (Matthew 9:36).   Lord, I pray we will not be discouraged by rejection because of our faith (Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5).  Lord, I pray we will be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I show compassion to those who are hurting in this world.” <>< Dona