Matthew


A Disciple and His Rabbi

Yeshua used different metaphors to describe His relationship with His disciples. He compared it to that of a shepherd and his flock. He compared it to a bridegroom and wedding guests. In one place, he compared it to a vine and branches. In Matthew 10, Yeshua expressed the relationship between a teacher and his disciples in terms of a master to a slave and a head of household to the members of a household.


Refuge from Persecution

His words still pertain to the persecutions and tribulations of the last generation before the advent of the Messianic Era. In those days, the disciples of Yeshua can anticipate facing persecution again, and according to the Master’s promise, they will find refuge in the cities of Israel until He comes.


Hated by Everyone

Yeshua warned His disciples that a time of strife would come during which family members might betray them: “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name.” When will these things happen?


Coming Persecution

Rabbi Yeshua’s disciples could anticipate standing trial before the synagogue beit din, before the local Roman administrator, or even before kings and emperors. It was necessary for membership in the Jewish community, but it was a voluntary choice to be made. Submission to the Roman authority, on the other hand, was mandatory.


Sheep, Wolves, Serpents, and Doves

Yeshua sent His disciples out as “sheep among wolves,” meaning that they could expect vicious treatment at their hands of men. Therefore, He advised the disciples to be “wise as serpents” when dealing with the wolves, that is to say, they were to be shrewd and cunning.


Shaking the Dust from their Feet

Yeshua warned His disciples that not every place would receive their message. He told them not to waste time arguing or trying to persuade people. Instead, He told them to leave that place, and He said, "As you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them" (Mark 6:11).


The Prophet's Reward

In the days of the apostles, Jewish families considered it a great privilege to be able to host a priest, a teacher, or a rabbi in their home. By providing hospitality to the servants of God, one could hope for...


He Who Receives You

Yeshua told them, “Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace be to this house"; (Luke 10:5), a Jewish salutation and blessing of peace upon the family. The Master said, "If a [son] of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you" (Luke 10:6).


The Workman's Hire

The Master warned the disciples not to pedal miracles or charge for their services. The work of the Holy Spirit cannot be purchased, nor can it be sold. Likewise, the sages warned their disciples against turning the Torah into a shovel with which to dig, i.e., making one’s living from teaching Torah.


Miraculous Signs

The miracles and miraculous authority invested into the twelve validated the message by proving that the power of the kingdom was present with them. In the Messianic Era, sickness and disease will be subdued, the dead will be raised, and Satan and his evil servants will be bound in chains.