When Jesus sent out his disciples to spread the good news, he gave them specific instructions on what to do and how to behave. In Matthew 10:5-16, we see Jesus preparing his disciples for their mission and guiding them on what to expect.
Jesus begins by telling his disciples not to go among the Gentiles or Samaritans but rather focus on the lost sheep of Israel. He then instructs them to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is near and that they should heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons.
Jesus also warns them that they will face opposition and persecution and tells them not to worry about what to say or how to say it because the Holy Spirit will speak through them.
In addition to their mission, Jesus also gives his disciples instructions on how they should behave. He tells them that they should travel light and not take any money or extra clothes with them. They should rely on the hospitality of those who accept their message.
Jesus also tells his disciples to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves. They should be shrewd in dealing with people but at the same time, be gentle and harmless like doves.
Finally, Jesus tells his disciples that whoever acknowledges him before others, he will acknowledge before his Father in heaven. But whoever disowns him before others, he will disown before his Father in heaven.
In summary, Jesus gave his disciples clear instructions on what to do when he sent them out. He told them what message they should proclaim and how they should behave.
He warned them of opposition but promised that the Holy Spirit would guide them. Even today we can learn from these instructions as we share our faith with others.
- Key Takeaways:
- Jesus instructed his disciples to focus on the lost sheep of Israel and proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is near.
- He told them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons.
- Jesus also warned them of opposition and persecution but promised that the Holy Spirit would guide them.
- The disciples were instructed to travel light, rely on hospitality, and be wise as serpents but innocent as doves.
- Finally, Jesus emphasized the importance of acknowledging him before others.
In conclusion, Jesus’ instructions to his disciples when he sent them out were clear and concise. As followers of Christ today, we can learn from these instructions and apply them in our own lives as we share our faith with others.