Day 281 (Oct. 8): Jesus heals the blind, Jesus rejected in hometown, Jesus needs more helpers, Jesus names his 12 apostles, love Jesus above all others

Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives.  The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version.  At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture.  To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.

Matthew 9:27-34

Mark 6:1-6

Matthew 13:53-58

Matthew 9:35-38

Mark 6:7-13

Matthew 10:1-42

Luke 9:1-6

Questions & Observations

Q. (Matthew 9:37):  The harvest is the people that need to be taught about Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven, and the workers are the disciples and any teacher of God?

A. Nailed it.

Q. (Matthew 10:5): Why did Jesus instruct the disciples to just go to the Israelites?  Why not the Gentiles or Samaritans?

A. Jesus’ mission primarily concerns the Jews first, and this is where Jesus spent most of His efforts.  This mission will radically change, however, after Easter.  Patience.

O. (10:37-39): I admit that this one was a hard one to handle until I started studying the Bible more.  I love that my kids already understand it!

Q. (Luke 9:1-6): Do you think these are directions for just the disciples or should it be applied to anyone spreading the teachings of the Bible?

A. I wouldn’t call it a blueprint for how to do ministry, but I would say that if you feel that God has selected you for a ministry (whatever doubts or anxieties you might have), then you can trust that He will provide for your needs.  That was what Jesus was telling them: God would supply their needs, and therefore, while it was tempting to take resources along, they should resist the temptation and test their faith in the Lord.  It was good practice for their coming mission, and in the ways to walk by faith.

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