The Good News – Sheep Amongst the Wolves

  And He was going around among the villages, teaching in their congregations, and proclaiming the Good News of the reign, and healing every disease and every bodily weakness among the people.
   And having seen the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, as sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His taught ones, “The harvest truly is great, but the workers are few. Pray then that the Master of the harvest would send out workers to His harvest.”
   And He called the twelve near, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, and to heal diseases. And He sent them to proclaim the reign of Elohim and to heal the sick.
   Yahushua sent these twelve out, having commanded them, saying, “Do not go into the way of the gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Shomeronites, but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’el. And as you go, proclaim, saying, ‘The reign of the shamayim (heavens) has drawn near.’
   “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. You have received without paying, give without being paid.”
   And He instructed them to, “Take none at all for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts, but to wear sandals, and not to wear two undergarments, for the worker is worthy of his food.” And He said to them, “And into whatever city or village you enter, ask who is worthy in it, and stay there until you leave that place.”
   “And as you enter into a house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever does not receive you nor hear your words, when you leave that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet, as a witness against them.”
   “See, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they shall deliver you up to Sanhedrins and flog you in their congregations and prisons, and be brought before sovereigns and rulers for My Name’s sake. And it shall turn out to you for a witness. And the Good News has to be proclaimed first to all the nations.”
   “And when they lead you away and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand what you are to say. For I shall give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to refute or resist.
   But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that, for it is not you who are speaking, but the Set-apart Spirit of your Father speaking in you.”
   “And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and a father his child. And children shall rise up against parents and shall put them to death. “And you shall be hated by all for My Name’s sake. But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.”
   “And when they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For truly, I say to you, you shall by no means have gone through the cities of Yisra’el before the Son of Adam comes.”
   “A taught one is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the taught one to become like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be’elzebul, how much more those of his household!”
   “Therefore do not fear them. For whatever is covered shall be revealed, and whatever is hidden shall be made known. What I say to you in the dark, speak in the light. And what you hear in the ear, proclaim on the house-tops.”
   “And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the being. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both being and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground without your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”
   “So do not fear, you are worth more than many sparrows.”
   “Everyone, therefore, who shall confess Me before men, him I shall also confess before My Father who is in the shamayim. But whoever shall deny Me before men, him I shall also deny before My Father who is in the shamayim.”  
   “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on land. I did not come to bring peace but a sword, for I have come to bring division, a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – and a man’s enemies are those of his own household.”
   “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he that has lost his life for My sake shall find it.”
   “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous one in the name of a righteous one shall receive a righteous one’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a taught one, truly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
   And it came to be, when Yahushua ended instructing His twelve taught ones, that He set out from there to teach and to proclaim in their cities.
   And going out they went through the villages, bringing the Good News and proclaimed that men should repent. And they were casting out many demons, and they were anointing with oil many who were sick, and they were healing them everywhere.

 

 Exposition

  This scripture passage found in Mattityahu (Matthew)10:5-31 and Luços (Luke) 9:1-5;10:1-11 is the beginning of the “Great Commission,” as it has been taught throughout the years in church and congregation alike, has been misconstrued for as long as it has been taught.
 The first untaught nugget of “blatant” truth is this – The taught ones were not sent to preach to the GentilesMattityahu (Matthew) 10:5: Yahushua sent these twelve out, having commanded them, saying, “Do not go into the way of the gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Shomeronites (Samaritans), but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’el. And as you go, proclaim, saying, ‘The reign of the shamayim (heavens) has drawn near.’ The key here is that the “lost sheep of Yisra’el” were dispersed amongst the Gentiles during the Diaspora, after the Assyrian Captivity, and are often referred to as the “fullness of the Gentiles.” So you may be thinking – how would they know the difference between the Gentiles and the lost sheep of Yisra’el? Easy answer – the  anointing Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) that was poured out on them, along with the ability to heal the sick and cast out demons, would help them to identify them. It does not exclude those seeking to be grafted into faith, a picture patterned off of the first exodus, but that was not the original intent.
 The second untaught nugget of truth is this – you offer the message and the rest is on the Father! Much like the parable of the sower (which we are not the sowers – Yahweh and His Ruach is), the seed is planted and it is up to the Father to make it grow. Much of that is dependent on the soil – the preparation of the Heart to receive His word, the circumcision of the heart that the Father will right His Torah on (the terms of the renewed covenant -see Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:31). Some people do not have the “ears to hear and eyes to see,” some will come against you immediately upon hearing the word, and some will seek to do harm to you because of the witness that you possess, which ever version you encounter know that it is not about you – it is about them. Despite what we are lead to believe, it is not about us – you are not going to save anyone or bring anyone to truth, it is our Father in heaven who does all things with and through those He chooses! If you believe that “you” are doing anything, that is called pride and it is a grievous sin which may lead to your downfall. So do not make yourself an idol for idol worship, be a companion on the walk to the finish line. So if the words which you speak, by the leading of the Ruach HaKodesh (holy/Set-apart Spirit) are not accepted, dust your feet off and move along.
 The third nugget of untaught truth is this – the wolves are dressed like sheep! Yes, when Messiah was speaking this to the Taught ones, he meant that the world was ravenous and set against them. We are in an age now where not only is the world even more against Messianic believers (by messianic I mean those that believe in Messiah, not a reference to naming of a set or subset of “believers”), but there are preachers and teachers and assembly members who look like other members and are advancing the wrong Kingdom. The are famous preachers and teachers who are only worried about wealth and prestige, who are worried about building size and attendance numbers, and who do not give one iota about you or your faith or your salvation! I know that concept may be hard to take, but it is the truth! 
  The fourth and final nugget of untold truth is summarized in one line – Do not think that I have come to bring peace on land; I came to bring the sword…” To clarify this point let me state a couple of obvious things: 1.) Yes, He is the “Prince of Peace;” 2.) Yes the Father loved the world so much that he sent His only son; 3.) Yes, the Father wants not to see any of His creation perish; and 4.) Yes, Yahushua ministered to poor the widow and the orphan, healed the sick, cast out demons, and called the world to repentance because the Kingdom of Yahweh is at hand. But…… He also called us to complete obedience to Himself and the Father, which may cause us to leave behind our families, friends and very way of life and cause division. We can’t have it “OUR way” and “HIS way” and often our way is not His way. He will separate the goats from the sheep, wheat from the tares, and the good tree from the bad tree.
 The great commission was to restore the bride – the native born and those grafted in into one bride, one body of Messiah – one commonwealth of Yisra’el (a peoples, not the country). The Kingdom message is this – “repent, for the Kingdom of Yahweh is at hand.” Immersion in the Name of Set-Apart One of Yisra’el, Yahushua Messiah, circumcision of the heart so that the Father may write His words there, and walking righteously down the narrow path as a living witness to others is what was preached and required of His People. The Kingdom message must be spread by those with the Ruach HaKodesh no matter the cost – “And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the being. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both being and body in Gehenna.” We want our beloved Moshiach/Messiah to confess us before Our Father in Heaven, we want His report to be good and to be found acceptable in His eyes. Be bold in your faith and help the Father to fertilize the soil with a worthy life’s witness so that His seed may grow.

Yahweh Bless you and Keep you! Shalom Aleichem!

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