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Matthew 10:7-15

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.



Verse 7

preach kingdom of heaven is at hand



The work of the disciples was the same as that of Christ. They were to confirm what Jesus had preached. This commission told the disciples to go forth to make more disciples, and those disciples are to do likewise. His authority to call disciples is our authority now. We are called to be disciples and to call forth more disciples. We are to do the works of Christ.


Matthew 10:7

"...go ... preach, saying 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand...'"



We are still to be preaching that the "kingdom of heaven is at hand." The "kingdom" is nigh, near, and it is so much more so for the disciples of this day, than it was for the day of the twelve who were called of the Lord.



This KINGDOM is not of this world.



John 18:36-37 (KJV)

36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence.

37 Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.



Jesus did claim to have a ‘kingdom’, but not one that was instituted of mankind on this earth. His kingdom was not a ‘kingdom’ as the Jews and the Romans understood a ‘kingdom.’ They were charging Jesus with endeavoring to fix authoritatively a kingdom on this earth, to overthrow the Roman domination, to establish a Davidic kingdom for that immediate time. This would required arousing sedition against Caesar, and warfare to establish a land without Roman occupation.



King Jesus says that His kingdom is not of this world. He has earned and is owed ‘kingship’, but there is no control set up on earth, of which He has been proclaimed to be King, in control, reigning over this sinful world. The nature of earthly kingdoms is far different from the kingship that Jesus desires.



The Kingdom of Jesus was not initiated for the same function as earthly kingdoms are. Jesus’ kingdom is not conducted on the plan of earthly kingdoms.



Jesus immediately shows a circumstance in which His kind of kingdom, and earthly kingdoms greatly differ. The kingdoms of this present world are defended by armies, by weapons, by defense from enemy attacks. Earthly kingdoms maintain armies and operate wars. If King Jesus had that kind of kingdom, He would have raised an army, began to raise turmoil in the hearts to encourage warfare against Rome.



Jesus was arrested unarmed in a garden where He had been praying. He healed the severed ear of one of those there to arrest Him. He rebuked Peter for raising a sword in defense. He had encouraged paying what belonged to Caesar to Caesar. Jesus was obviously not here to set up an earthly kingdom.


Jesus was instituting a kingdom over the heart, over the evil sins seeking domination of the souls of mankind. He was wanting to rule over evil passions, over corrupt desires, over hatred and variance. He wanted to be King of the hearts of mankind. He wanted a kingdom of love, peace, unity with God.


That kind of ‘kingdom’ is not of this world. The ‘king’ of many on this earth serve the devil as their king. He rules their passions, he rules their desires and motives. The ‘kingdom’ that Jesus was here to claim in that first coming, was a ‘Kingdom’ that de-throned the devil from men’s hearts.

 

1 Timothy 6:13-16 (KJV)

13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15 Which in His times He shall shew, Who is the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light Whom no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.



Jesus gave a true witness to Pontius Pilate. Jesus spoke truth, and gives us ‘commandment’, to be ‘un-rebuke-able’ as was Jesus. We are not here to overthrow kingdoms, we are waiting for our "King" of our hearts to come. Then, He will rule, and all other kingdoms will cease, for He rules, not be armies, but by the love of mankind for Him.


Psalm 45:3-6 (KJV)

3 Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most mighty, with Thy glory and Thy majesty.

4 And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre.



The Lord is not going to conquer people and enslave them into His kingdom. He is going to rule those with changed hearts, ruled via their love for King Jesus.



Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.


It is the ‘zeal’ of the Lord that creates this kingdom. The zeal to have Jesus as ‘King’ is what creates and sustains this kingdom. No one will ever be forced to obey King Jesus, for He wants only those who have a zealous love for Him.


Daniel 7:14 (KJV)

14 And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.



Jesus announced His claim to this kingdom, riding on a donkey, adored and worshiped by loving disciples. He came ‘lowly’, not with conquering armies. He wants loving adoration, to rule our hearts, while we lovingly shout ‘amen’.



Zechariah 9:9 (KJV)

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Pilate asked ‘Art thou a king then?’ Jesus answered, "Thou sayest," which was the equivalent to "yes". Jesus is King, and Jesus was not denying to being ‘King’, but He was not the kind of ‘king’ this world has ever known.

 


"To this end", Jesus says that He was ‘born’, and ‘came into this world’. His birth was not a man-alone, but He came from another world, a ‘heavenly kingdom’, and became a man, dwelling amidst us in this world.



John 3:12-16 (KJV)

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man Who is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.



Jesus came to reign. With millions of angels, He could easily dominate this sinful world, and enforce righteous works to be done. Yet, the harder kingdom to conquer is the kingdom of the heart, and that is done through conquering sin, and its punishment, and instilling in the hearts of men, a love. Jesus ‘bore witness’ to this truth, of a Kingdom of love and adoration for the King of kings.



Jesus did not want to assert power, to collect armies; to subdue people by battle. King Jesus wanted to present truth, exercise dominion by the truth. The only power put forth to restrain wickedness, to convince the sinner to willingly, anxiously submit to King Jesus, to sanctify sinners to righteousness, is the love and mercy of the King.



We can be made to see that we are sinners, dependent only on a merciful God, a loving Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, our chosen King of kings. We choose to submit and yield wholly to His reign.



We see in this world kings, presidents, senators, congressmen, dictators, and rulers of all kinds. Some will seek a vote, some demand obedience, some punish rebels, some lie to deceive about their intentions, some are forcefully rule.


Jesus came to be ‘KING’ and will only be King by love, not by deceit and force.

This ‘kingdom’ is here, now! John the Baptist preached, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus followed and said ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.". (Matthew 3:2, 4:17)



The hold of the former kingdom, is sin, guilt, shame. We exit that evil kingdom of the devil by ‘repentance.’ We ‘repent’ of choosing sin and evil, and we enter the kingdom of heaven. King Jesus becomes our King, not by forcing us to not sin, not by locking us up in chains. We enter His kingdom when we ‘repent’ of being in any other kingdom. We choose, via our repentance, to enter into the kingdom of King Jesus.



This is not a kingdom of the millennium, or later, this is a kingdom we can be in now. We enter it, at a moment of our choosing, and to enter this kingdom, we recognized Jesus, the Son of God, the Redeemer from sin, to be our King Jesus.



This the ‘kingdom’ that the disciples were being ordained to preach. It took the three years, and then some, for the disciples to understand this ‘kingdom’. Many in the church today do not understand the real meaning of the kingdom into which the Lord has brought us.

 

Verse 8

freely ye have received, freely give


People cannot freely give unless they have freely received. When we receive from the Lord, whether it be talents, spiritual gifts, or financial blessings, there is always more than we need. We share our talents, we share our spiritual gifts, we share our financial blessings.


In Jerusalem, needs had arisen, and Paul was anxious to be sure that the saints in Jerusalem were given the food and financial aid that they needed. The saints in Jerusalem had been excommunicated from Judaism. They were being persecuted, and deprived of their jobs. They needed help desperately. Paul pleaded their cause.


It is good for Christians to be concerned with more than their own local affairs. We are apt to become near-sighted. It is a human trait. Correction is often needed in most churches to correct short-sighted and selfish thoughtlessness. Our own problems seem so great, and the problems of others, we tend to ignore, or to not be personally concerned. We need to remind ourselves of the obligations each of us have for the other parts of the body of Christ.



We will always have the poor. The church has too often been emotionally moved by the needs of the poor in other countries, or to the unsaved poor heathens in the world, and ignored the poor within their own midst. We are bidden to do good to all, but especially to those of the household of faith.


Matthew 5:20

"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."



The way Jesus taught us to exceed the 23 and a third percent tithe was for us to give our all to Him. We call this "stewardship." Jesus told the rich young ruler to give His all. He had the disciples leave their all, and follow Him. He expects us to give our whole lives a "living sacrifice", admit to the ownership of the Lord of everything we used to call "ours"!


The subjects of giving, tithing, offerings, and financial collections of the churches has been debated for many years. There are many heretical teachings being propagated, and many of their adherents have not studied the Scriptures enough to even know their error. They have trusted tradition, denominational dogma, and avoided a real search of the Scriptures to even test their chosen doctrines concerning giving.


Matthew 19:27-30

"Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That ye who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first."



Some like to quote this sermon of Jesus to promise 100 fold financial gain in this lifetime, but if you will note, it is in the millennium, and on the new earth that the 100 fold blessings are promised. Also, note that the disciples had given all, everything to their Lord and Savior. They did not offer Him 10%, or 23 1/3 %. The Lord wants us to give Him our all. Note the event that preceded the question of Peter about what they would receive for giving all to Jesus.


Matthew 19:16-26

"And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?... Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give it to the poor, and thou shalt have treasures in heaven; and come and follow Me."


Jesus requires a totally committed life. He does not want partial converts, but He wants "living sacrifices." Too many in the Christian movement are like the rich young ruler, and want eternal life, but not at the cost of giving everything. I have no doubt that he would have made a sizeable gift to the Lord for eternal life. Jesus could have named 10%, or 23 1/3% Yet, the Lord said that this was insufficient. 100 % must be given, for eternal life.


To follow Jesus is not an avocation, it is not an additional challenge in life. It is a total life change, a totally new direction. We give our lives, our possessions, our talents, our whole being to Jesus when we become a true Christian. There are many counterfeit Christians out there who are not so committed.


We are commanded to seek heavenly treasures. We are likewise commanded to not, definitely not, be concerned with gaining earthly treasures. Then why are many ministries trying to tell the saints how to gain in earthly riches? Why all the emphasis on 100 fold returns? How did we get so far from the message of the Lord?


Luke 12:33

"Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also."


The church of Smyrna, spoken to by our Lord Jesus in the book of Revelation, is told:

Revelation 2:9

"I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou are rich.)"



This shows that the Lord may allow us at times to be poor in the carnal things of this world, but His real interest is to have us rich in spiritual things, and in the realm of heaven to have great treasures laid up.


The Lord has promised to reward us greatly for our labor for Him. He gives us treasures and payment for every Christian act. When we labor, we receive a great reward.


I Corinthians 3:8

"...every man shall receive his own reward according to his labor..."


I Corinthians 3:11-15

"...every man's work shall be made manifest... if any man's work abide (the fiery test)... he shall receive reward."


II Corinthians 5:10

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."


We do receive heavenly treasures, and they await us. We often receive earthly blessings, upon which we do not set our hearts. Rather, we give out, in appreciation to the Lord. We must beware of covetousness, and share our talents, gifts, and even carnal blessings.


Luke 12:15

"And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."


Too often, Christians fall into the trap of being covetous, and want to gain riches. They flock to hear teachers who will tell them how to give "this much," and receive "this greater much" back. They will avoid those who teach, as I am here, and will ignore the Scriptures that I am pointing out. They are trapped with the sin of covetousness. Heavenly treasures are second thoughts to them, and the anxiousness for the rapture is also missing, or hindered, for they are bent on achieving a "heaven" on earth blessedness and prosperity here. They are doing all the things that these verses warn us against.


There is a greater danger for rich saints, than for the poor ones, for there is the constant temptation to measure one's worth by such wealth, and to hoard, save, and not be a giving and generous person. Instead of giving to poor saints, they are easily tempted to flaunt their wealth before the poorer saints. They will tend to feel more worthy, and more deserving of prestige, honor, and position in the church.


We are not to seek riches. If God abundantly gives us riches anyhow, it is because we are to be used with the gift of giving. The gift of giving is one of the spiritual gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8:

"Having gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us... he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity (outward show of pride)..."



This gift is the supernatural bestowment of goods upon a person for the purpose of giving in abundance to the Lord, to His church, and to others in need. This gift is to be done contentedly, liberally, sometimes sacrificially, with wisdom and cheerfulness.


Just as God bestows the ability to teach to one with the gift of teaching, and it is that person's responsibility to use that gift for the Lord; in the same way, some are given financial blessings by the Lord, and they are to use this gift for Him. Some who have received the gift of giving from the Spirit, have buried this talent. Some think their blessings are for hoarding, and building up bank accounts.


We are not to lay up treasures here on earth. The prosperity we receive here is to be used for the Lord. Since we ‘freely receive’, we are to freely give’. As the priesthood of believers, we have given to the Lord, our all. By giving what we receive, we will lay up wealth in heaven. Those who have been given the gift of healing, seek out the sick to pray for and share the gift with them. Those who have been given an abundance of material goods, are to seek out the needy, and provide.


Verse 9-10

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses


We are not to spend our lives making provision for self. We are to obey our ordination to ministry, and go out to preach the kingdom of heaven. God will supply the necessary things for us.

 

The purses were the girdles, which contained pockets for valuables, that were wrapped around one’s garments, like a belt. The script was a shepherd's bag to carry provisions.

 


for the workman is worthy of his meat


Jesus sanctioned ordained the support of His disciples. He will send givers to supply the needs of His workers.

Galatians 6:6 (KJV)

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.


1 Corinthians 9:9-14 (KJV)

9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

 

Verse 11-13

11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

 

Let your blessings be upon the home of those who share and bless the disciples of the Lord. God will prosper such homes, such families.

 

Verse 14-15

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

 

To shake off the dust of the feet means to remove the defiling of the home and of the people who mistreat the disciples of Jesus. Those who reject His disciples also reject Him and His blessings.

It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. It certainly was not very tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in their day of judgment. When judgment comes upon the mistreaters of the disciples of Jesus, it shall be grave judgment.

Since some to be judged, will have greater judgment than others, this teaches degrees of punishment in hell.



Matthew 11:21-24 (KJV)

21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.



Matthew 23:14 (KJV)

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.


Disciples can be blessings, or curses. Though they do not mean any harm, nor have power to bless, the treatment of His disciples will bring others, either blessing or cursing.


Matthew 10:11-15

"...if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it... but if it be not worthy, let your peace return unto you... shake off the dust of your feet... shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of judgment, than for that city..."


When the disciples of this day are received in a worthy and hospitable way, peace comes to them. The rejecters of the disciples of the Lord, will find great judgment. The Lord closely watches how the disciples, His apostles (sent ones) are treated. When treated properly, great blessing comes, but when mistreated, God sends great judgment.


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