Uplifting commentary on the Gospels, Acts, early Apostolic history, and a life of discipleship.
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).
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...
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 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.
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.
Who were the lost sheep of Israel? They were the sinners, tax-collectors, harlots, and backslidden among the Jewish people—the “secular Jews” of the day who had abandoned Torah and the religion of their fathers. For Yeshua “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Yeshua decided to send more workers out to gather the harvest by dispatching the twelve as His apostles. Popular assumptions picture an apostle as a spiritual giant with superhero, miracle powers. On the contrary, the Greek word “apostolos” refers to a messenger sent out on a mission.
Compassion stirring in His heart, Yeshua strengthened the sickly, healed the diseased, bound up the broken, and sought after the lost sheep of Israel. He proved Himself a shepherd worthy of fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy about Messiah shepherding Israel: “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd” (Ezekiel 37:24).
Six days after what? Is there some significance to the six days before the transfiguration? Some scholars believe that the six days refer to a six-day period of ritual preparation, fasting, and ritual purification. “After six days” also alludes to Moses’ ascent up Mount Sinai.
They were amazed at His teaching because He taught “As one having authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:29). He did not sound like the typical rabbi. He did not equivocate between opinions or wrangle over halachic minutiae. He did not transmit His teachings in the names of teachers before Him.