Uplifting commentary on the Gospels, Acts, early Apostolic history, and a life of discipleship.
Rabbi Yeshua warned his disciples not to refuse the food set before them. He told them, “Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you” (Luke 10:8). Does this mean that Yeshua wanted His disciples to abandon the Torah’s dietary laws and Jewish standards?
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.”
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).
They lifted their eyes and looked around. The brilliant, luminous cloud had dissipated. "They looked around here and there but did not see anyone else except for Yeshua alone with them" (Mark 9:8). The mysterious visitors had vanished with it. Only the Master remained.
The voice from heaven that spoke at the Transfiguration essentially repeated the same message which the Master heard at the time of His immersion in the Jordan. On the high mountain, the voice addressed the disciples, “This is My beloved son …”, and the message came with the addition imperative, “Listen to Him!”