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Wednesday, March 9 2016
Matthew 10: Sheep In The Midst Of Wolves
" I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves"
The Messiah's Ministry began with His baptism (see The Messiah's Baptism), then the "temptation of Christ" (see Showdown In The Wilderness), a famous Sermon (see The Salt Of The Earth and Light Of The World Prophecy and The Messiah's Lessons For Living As A True Christian and Houses Of Rock Or Sand) and then many healings (see Healings Of Man And Nature).
During that beginning, the Messiah also called twelve disciples, from among His growing number of disciples ("disciple" means student) with the specific purpose of eventually becoming apostles ("apostle" means someone who is sent with the authority of the one who sent them).
"10:1 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.
The Messiah is the "Good Shepherd":
"10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." (John 10:11-14 KJV)
As such, the Messiah sent some of His "sheep" out to teach other "sheep." Hence the origin of two of the Messiah's most famous sayings - that were stated as a single command: "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
"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.
There is nothing more detested in the world, such as it is, than any kind of Truth. Any kind of Truth - religious, historic, scientific, political, anything. Living a true Christian life isn't merely about choosing the right "religion." It's about living a life of Truth in everything, regardless of what anyone else thinks about it, or chooses to do about it.
"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.
Fact Finder: Who invented liars? Who invented rebels? Who invented losers? Who is the evil, perverted spirit that is the father of all that is false?
This Day In History, March 9
141 BC: Liu Che, known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumed the throne of the Han Dynasty of China (see also Gog and Magog).
632: The last public sermon of Muhammad, the founder of his religion of Islam (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1074: Pope Gregory VII excommunicated all married Roman Catholic priests (see also How Did Rome Change True Time?).
1276: Augsburg became an Imperial Free City.
1496: Jews were expelled from Carintha, Austria.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a French officer who was executed during the revolution.
1812: Swedish Pomerania was taken by Napoleon.
1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded in Algeria by King Louis Philippe.
1873: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was established.
1888: Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia from 1861, died.
1916: Pancho Villa and 1,500 Mexican cavalry troops raided New Mexico.
1933: State Police ("Gestapo" is the German abbreviation for "the State Police") in Nazi Germany opened the Dachau concentration camp, near Munich.
1936: The German press warned that all Jews who voted in the upcoming elections would be arrested.
1945: The Bombing of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Force began; it became one of the most destructive bombing raids in history.
1961: The Russian Sputnik 9 carried a dog into orbit.
1968: General William Westmoreland requested 206,000 more U.S. troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war (earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade).
1986: U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, along with the remains of the astronauts, nearly 6 weeks after the failed launch.
1992: Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died at age 78. He and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt were awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1978 for the Camp David Peace Accord.
1995: A Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested the fleeing Spanish ship Estai after pursuing it out into international waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters; as well, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks. The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).
1997: A solar eclipse permitted people in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia to see the Hale-Bopp Comet during the day.
2010: The first homosexual "marriages" in Washington, D.C. were conducted.
2011: The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.