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Week 2 Day 5 Genesis 11 Matthew 10

25 January, 2015

Genesis 11

v 6 now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.  If man can do this with a common language – how incredible must progress be – and we can see that when nations talk to other nations.

Again we are brought through the genealogy of the generations – again the inconsistencies of the bible show here with the ages of the people when they die – it’s almost like Chapter 1 of Genesis is the big overview, then it breaks the story down a bit and then it breaks it down again further.

Among the genealogy we see Shem’s lineage lead to Abram and Sarai – who are they and why are they significant? *spoilers*

Matthew 10

Jesus now passes on the mantle of healing, casting out demons and other miraculous works to His disciples.  We now learn the names of the significant twelve – the core of the men following Jesus.

Jesus sent out these twelve, charging them, Go nowhere among the Gentiles and do not go into any town of the Samaritans;  This act sets the Gentiles – the non Jews apart and the Samaritans – a tribe.  The acts the disciples must do are for the Jews – will they accept the actions?

13 Then if indeed that house is deserving, let come upon it your peace [that is, [b]freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin]. But if it is not deserving, let your peace return to you.

14 And whoever will not receive and accept and welcome you nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or town, shake the dust [of it] from your feet. Jesus knew some would accept Him and his followers and some would reject Him.

16 Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be [c]wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and [d]without falsity) as doves.

17 Be on guard against men [whose [e]way or nature is to act in opposition to God]; for they will deliver you up to councils and flog you in their synagogues,

18 And you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a witness to bear testimony before them and to the Gentiles (the nations).

19 But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious about how or what you are to speak; for what you are to say will be given you in that very hour and [f]moment,

20 For it is not you who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. I know when I speak at work I go in trembling slightly and trusting God to give me wisdom for the moment – He has never let me down.  The disciples went before all manner of people, farmers, townsfolk and powerful rulers who were used to controlling their world.  It takes a highly adaptable person to do that.

21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child; and children will take a stand against their parents and will have them put to death.

22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake, but he who perseveres and endures to the end will be saved [[g]from spiritual disease and death in the world to come].

23 When they persecute you in one town [that is, pursue you in a manner that would injure you and cause you to suffer because of your belief], flee to another town; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before [h] the Son of Man comes.

24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor is a servant or slave above his master.

25 It is sufficient for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant or slave like his master. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub [[i]master of the dwelling], how much more will they speak evil of those of His household.

26 So have no fear of them; for nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, or kept secret that will not become known.

27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).  That’s not exactly happiness and light – there is a strong foretelling that Jesus knew what He was in for (and why wouldn’t He?)

29 Are not two [j]little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice.

30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.

32 Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [[k]out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and [l]confess [that I am abiding in] him.And again, Jesus blows me away with His gentleness – how valued each one of them is and how trusted they are.

42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.  Jesus knows just how vulnerable these men will be nor the sacrifice made by them or those who help them

Selah

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