Thursday, 19 July 2012
11th July 2012 Matthew 10:1-7
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Go the lost sheep of your people. This commission was not to all people, it was to those who were lost from the Jewish Faith.
This has made me think tonight about how I find it easiest to speak to about God; and it's not those who turn away, it's those who never knew. I wonder whether I need to focus more on the lost than the unknowing; food for thought and prayer.