Bible: Matthew 9:35-11:1
Workers for the Harvest
9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 1 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 2 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 3 9:36 When 4 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 5 like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 6 to send out 7 workers into his harvest.”
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
10:1 Jesus 8 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 9 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 10 10:2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 11 first, Simon 12 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; 13 Thomas 14 and Matthew the tax collector; 15 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 16 10:4 Simon the Zealot 17 and Judas Iscariot, 18 who betrayed him. 19
10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 20 “Do not go to Gentile regions 21 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 22 10:6 Go 23 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 24 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 10:9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10:10 no bag 25 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 26 or sandals or staff, 27 for the worker deserves his provisions. 10:11 Whenever 28 you enter a town or village, 29 find out who is worthy there 30 and stay with them 31 until you leave. 10:12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 32 10:13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 33 10:14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 34 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 10:15 I tell you the truth, 35 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 36 on the day of judgment than for that town!
Persecution of Disciples
10:16 “I 37 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 38 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 10:17 Beware 39 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 40 and flog 41 you in their synagogues. 42 10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 43 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever 44 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 45 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 46 10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
10:21 “Brother 47 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 48 parents and have them put to death. 10:22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 10:23 Whenever 49 they persecute you in one place, 50 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 51 you will not finish going through all the towns 52 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
10:24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 53 greater than his master. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
Fear God, Not Man
10:26 “Do 54 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 55 that will not be revealed, 56 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 57 proclaim from the housetops. 58 10:28 Do 59 not be afraid of those who kill the body 60 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 61 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 62 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 63 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; 64 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Not Peace, but a Sword
10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 67 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 68
10:37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross 69 and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life 70 will lose it, 71 and whoever loses his life because of me 72 will find it.
10:40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 73 10:41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 74 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 10:42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, 75 he will never lose his reward.”
11:1 When 76 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.