- Matthew 10:1-23
- Psalm 12:1-8
In these verses the twelve disciples of Jesus are named. Jesus gives them the ability to heal every type of disease and cast out demons. Jesus sends them out in the world to do his will and spread his name. The journey, however, is scary.
You would think peopble would be overjoyed at the chance to meet Jesus, the chance to be healed and heard and blessed. But this is the world in which Jesus was crucified. I wonder what would I have done? The role of Jesus is well established in my religion today, but if I had been alive for the first coming of Christ, how would I have reacted? Would I have been weary even though I saw the miracles performed? How well would I have known the prophecy – well enough to know that Jesus fulfilled it all? To this day I still don’t know most of the prophecy behind his coming – something that I am working on remedying right this instant by studying the bible.
Without Jesus, would I even have known God? All of those points are irrelevant. I was born in this time period, quite possibly because I would have failed as Christian back then. I will never know. Anyway, I followed this train of thought because as Jesus sent his disciples out he prepared them for the hard times and persecution that would befall them for spreading the word and works of Jesus. These disciples must have been amazing men – despite being told they would be punished, persecuted, flogged and whipped -- they still met the challenge head on.
Another psalm from David, this time about how the godly people are disappearing. I wonder, does it always feel this way? I certainly feel like the numbers are declining, and the world is moving away from Christianity. Of course, it might have always been this way and I’m only now growing up enough to notice it? I’m just thankful that I live in a country where I am not persecuted for my religion.