To The Lost Sheep of Israel
by Wayne Blank
Apostles To Israelites
Perhaps the greatest difference between the responsibilities given to the original twelve apostles (as stated above) and the apostle Paul was that the twelve were sent primarily to Israelites, while Paul was sent to everyone, including Israelites. The response that both received however was nearly identical; it was then, it has been ever since.
"And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart. As you enter the house, salute it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Although Jesus warned the twelve of the opposition that they would encounter from the people of Judah ("they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues"), the warning applied just much to the others (i.e. the apostle Paul was "dragged before governors and kings for my sake" too) but whether Peter (see Peter's Ministry) or Paul (see Paul's Ministry), all spoke by the authority of the Holy Spirit ("it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you") and it was those with the Holy Spirit who would "hear" it (see Ears To Hear). Carnal human nature is the greatest obstacle to the Truth.
"Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:11-16 RSV)
Fact Finder: Why did Jesus Christ send the twelve specifically to Israelites? What is the ultimate purpose of that instruction and when will it happen?