- Matthew 10:7-12
- Mat 10:7 (KJB)
- And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- The message the Apostles were to bring was that the Kingdom of Heaven
was at hand. It was not some mythical 1,000 year reign in the future but the
Kingdom of God has now come to earth in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Rom 14:17 KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The Kingdom of God is not a visible kingdom like Rome or Babylon but the
Kingdom of God is within a person when they become saved. (Luke
17:21 KJV) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you. The New Heaven
and the New Earth will be in the Kingdom of God in all its righteousness but
for the present time, the Kingdom of God comes to earth every time someone
becomes saved. The Apostles were to preach that the Kingdom was near because
after Jesus went to the cross and then came Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was
poured out upon all the believers and that begun the Kingdom of God in the
- Mat 10:8 (KJB)
- Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give.
- The ministry which the disciples received was the same ministry that
Jesus was doing. The ministry of these miracles were not to stand alone but
were to be used in conjunction with the teaching that the Kingdom of Heaven
was at hand. The reason that miracles were being used was to confirm the
ministry because the Bible was not yet completed. (Mark 16:20 KJV)
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The signs and miracles were used at a time before the Bible was completed
but after the Bible was completed, no longer was the miracles used to
confirm the word but now the preaching of the Gospel was to happen in the
power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also gives a great ministry principle.
“Freely ye have received, freely give.” Have you ever been to some ministry
websites and if you want to view their material you have to subscribe for a
fee? That is a violation of this principle. Many ministries charge
outrageous prices for books and materials. It is my belief that many of them
run into serious financial problems because they do. If they would give
these materials away and leave it to the Lord to bring in the money for
printing and production, they would have excess funds to expand the
ministry. No author is so profound that they have to charges $25 for a book.
Many of these ministries forget that people in other countries may not be
able to afford their books because of the exchange rate and that means
Christian materials will not be sent to them. Just think of how many better
educated Christians there would be around the world if materials were given
- Mat 10:9 (KJB)
- Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
- Jesus is now telling the disciples that they are to go and not try to
raise funds nor solicit them. It is not wrong to accept funds for ministry
but Jesus is telling them that they do not have to raise funds which means
as they go, God will supply all the funds that are needed for their
ministry. This principle could also be applied to today because sometimes
missionaries spend years trying to raise support instead of being on the
field and letting God raise the support that is needed. This is almost like
the disciple who wanted to follow Jesus but wanted first to bury his father.
He wanted to go on his terms and in his timing. Here Jesus is telling them
to go now and all that they need would be supplied.
- Mat 10:10 (KJB)
- Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor
yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
- Then they were not to take scrip which was a traveling bag that could be
hung over the shoulder. They were also not to take an extra coat or tunic
along or even a second pair of sandals. They were not even to take a walking
stick with them. The reason for this is found in the last part of the verse.
They would be supported by those who they ministered to. Every time Paul
went into a city to preach, it seems God already had a brother in place to
assist with the needs and a place to stay. If they did not do the ministry
correctly or behaved wrongly, then they would not be worthy of the Lord
raising up the money for them.
- Mat 10:11 (KJB)
- And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is
worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
- Hospitality played a big part in the ministry of the itinerant preachers
and also it gave other Christians the opportunity to join in their ministry
by seeing to their needs and giving them a temporary place to stay while
ministering. When the Lord is speaking about inquiring who is worthy, He is
speaking about finding those believers in that city and if they agree to put
you up, then you are to stay with them. Again, this was seen repeatedly in
the ministry of the Apostle Paul and in the ministry of Jesus. He stayed
many times at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The Apostles were to be
content where they were staying. Before the advent of motels every few miles
in the United States, visiting preachers to a church would stay with members
of the congregation and this created an intimacy among the brethren.
- Mat 10:12 (KJB)
- And when ye come into an house, salute it.
- When you have found such a place where the inhabitants are believers and
like minded, then salute that home. To salute means to greet the house with
a saying such as “Peace be unto you.” These were not just words but they
would be desiring the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon the household.
(Acts 10:36 KJV) The word which God sent unto the children of
Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)