Being a Disciple

Posted by on Jun 19, 2020 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Being a Disciple

Good morning!!! Welcome to the 3rd Sunday of Pentecost AND Father’s Day! What a good time to be able to remember and thank our fathers for their care and guidance in our lives. May you all have a GREAT day! Our gospel reading for this morning is from Matthew 10:24-39. Dear Lord…as we read your word this morning, please open our minds to what you want us to hear and what you want us to do in your world. Speak to each one of us today and every day as we work with and see your people. Remember from last week’s gospel reading, Jesus was beginning to send out his disciples to fulfill the commission he gave to them to teach, heal and work with the people of Israel. This was the first time that the disciples would be on their own in bringing the message of hope and forgiveness through baptism to the people. We will be seeing Jesus’ teachings and trainings of the disciples as we continue through this season. As we talked a few weeks ago, Jesus used parables and comparisons to teach the people and the disciples. Utilizing those “tools” he could get the point across to the listeners without immediately creating opposition to what he was saying. In our reading for today, Jesus begins by stating that a disciple is not to hold himself higher than the teacher or anyone else. They are not to think that they are “special” in any way as life will not be easy for them. The disciple is to be like everyone else…and not search for notoriety. The statement that can be a little disturbing, but as we look at it more, Jesus says that if the master has given honor to the devil (Beelzebul), the other members of the house need to be aware that they, too, will be maligned and treated badly. What he is REALLY saying is that the disciples will be facing opposition. The disciples are to function like prophets. He is telling the disciples that even thought they will be threatened, the actions of those threatening them are known. He is assuring the disciples to not be afraid as all that is done to them will be known. Jesus is also telling the disciples that they are to tell people whatever he tells them…no matter whether it is at night, what other people say, what is whispered. The words Jesus tells them are to be shouted from the housetops. He is telling them that fear may be a normal reaction for those they are speaking to, but to not be afraid. Verse 34 says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Very powerful statement. There are several truths we see in this passage. The first truth is that the identity of Jesus and his disciples will be revealed and they are to be bold and what He has told them. The second truth is that the fear of God will supersede the fear of opposition and that they are to continue their mission. The third truth is that God is aware of the distress the disciples will experience and will care for them. They are to confess Jesus before people. To understand the next verses, we need to look briefly at how families were thought of and considered in Jesus time. During this time, the family was owed the first loyalty and total attachment. If you were born into a family, you stayed with that family for...

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