Mark 6:7-13;30-32. Mark 3:7-15 Matthew 10:1,5-15. Matthew. 12:15-16, 10:1
Luke 9:1-6 6:12-13
The twelve sent out. As I study this Harmony of the Gospels, I am continuing to be surprised.
We find in Matthew, Mark and Luke, that Jesus sends 12 out to preach, two times in each Gospel.
He gave them the power of the Holy Spirit. A preview of what was to come, on the Day of Pentecost.
One time, Jesus emphasized, they were to take nothing but the clothes on their backs, nothing extra, and no money.
He was teaching them and us, (if we would listen), His provision. They were to find food and shelter from the worthy. (Whosoever accepts the Gospel).
If people do not accept the Gospel, they were to shake the dust off their feet and move on.
When the Church sends out Missionaries today, they need sponsors.
We no longer, trust in the Lord, to supply. So why should He?
Church leaders demand we need a safety net.
The lack of Faith of the Leaders, flows down to the flock. We need to rethink this, and follow the Word.
Too many, know not the Scriptures and deny the power of God.
What I find even more interesting is who He sent out and how they were equipped.
First off, He sent, only 12. He had multitudes, of people following, wherever He went.
Why only 12, and why this 12?
These were ordinary working men. Just like you and I. The reason He chose them.
They were willing, able and obedient.
That is what made them special. He would send me, if I qualified. (See above, lol).
In all three Gospels, He gave them:
“He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
He gave us this Power also, on the Day of Pentecost. The Talents the Master left us, are the Gifts of the Spirit.
We leave them on the shelf, a Gift given but not received, ignored, misunderstood, feared.
Do you want the Church to Grow, to fulfil the Great Commission?
Seek the Lord and His righteousness, accept the tools He gave us, then, build His Kingdom.
If you have no power, it is because you haven’t asked.
James 4:3,10 (KJV)
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Like Salvation, we must ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We must ask, not so we will be exalted, but to EXALT THE LORD.
He Commanded them:
“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.”
Is this happening in our Churches?
NO… THE POWER OF THE LORD IS NOT PRESENT TO HEAL THE SICK, CLEANSE THE LEPERS, OR TO RAISE THE DEAD.
Freely Given…. YET, NOT ACCEPTED. WE DO NOT BELIEVE.
Our Faith can be seen, by how serious we are to seek His face, to seek the Power of His Resurrection.
If His power, were present, we could not contain the people who would seek His Touch.
Church, it is time to repent, ask forgiveness for our evil hearts of unbelief. Ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Power.
It has been freely given.
We only need to ask and receive.
Matthew 10:1,5-15 (KJV)
10 And when he 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.
5 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:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
9 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 Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Matthew 12:15-16, 10:1
“But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known:”
“And when he 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.”
Mark 6:7-13 (KJV)
7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 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 Gomorrha 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.
Mark 6:30-32 (KJV)
30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
“But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:“
Luke 9:1-6 (KJV)
9 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
5 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.
6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Luke 9:10 (KJV)
10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;”