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The Apostles To Israel

When the Twelve graduated from being disciples ("disciple" means student, or more specifically, someone who chooses to be taught by a particular or specific teacher) to apostles, they were committed by Jesus Christ to do what the word "apostle" means - someone who is sent with a message or purpose. Notice that they were called "disciples" in these verses until Christ sent them out as "apostles."

"10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out [see Casting Out Demons], and to heal [see Healing] all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew [see Bartholomew and Nathanael]; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot [see Was Judas Necessary?], who also betrayed him." (Matthew 10:1-4 KJV)

"Go not into the way of the Gentiles .... But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"

The Twelve were sent to Israelites, at home or abroad, not to the gentile nations (that would be the given responsibility of the apostle Paul and those associated with him - see The Acts Of Peter And Paul).

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"10:5 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: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 10:14 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. 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom [see also Sodomites] and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves [see also The Warning About Grievous Wolves]: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matthew 10:5-20 KJV)

The Messiah warned of tribulation for those who preached the Gospel, not only centuries ago, but "till the Son of man be come."

"10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake [see The Great Tribulation]: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." (Matthew 10:21-23 KJV)

The apostles were to never forget that they became apostles because they were once disciples, students, of the Master that they thereafter served. That was the sole and entire purpose of their "education." They were to hold to His Word, not drift away by means of their own. Those who held to the Truth would face man's wrath; those who fell away from the Truth will face the LORD's wrath.

"10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub [see Baal-zebub and Beelzebub], how much more shall they call them of his household?

10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [see Planet On Fire!]. 10:29 Are not two Sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men [see also Let Your Light Shine], him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]." (Matthew 10:24-33 KJV)

The ability to understand and then accept the Truth depends upon the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Light of God's Word. That time comes sooner for some, later for most (see When Will You Be Judged?). Until then, division will happen between those who have the Light and those who as-yet remain in the dark (as has always been the case, the deadliest threat will come from those who are in the dark, but who think that they are in the light i.e. "the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" John 16:2 KJV).

"10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." (Matthew 10:34-42 KJV)

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