Jesus went through all the towns and villages

Workers Needed (Matt. 9:35-38; Mark 6:6b)

  • Jesus went in the synagogues and preached the good news of the kingdom, healing all diseases and sicknesses.
  • When He saw the crowds, Jesus felt compassion because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep with no shepherd.
  • He commented to the disciples that the harvest is plentiful but there are few workers, and He told them to pray for GOD to send forth workers.

Apostles Given Power to Heal (Matt. 10:1-4; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1-2)

  • Jesus called the apostles to Him and sent them out in pairs, giving them authority to drive out evil spirits and heal every disease and sickness.

Apostles Instructed (Matt. 10:5-15; Mark 6:8-11; Luke 9:3-5)

  • Jesus told the 12:
    • Don't go among the Gentiles nor the towns of Samaritans.
    • Go to the lost of Israel.
    • Preach the message that the kingdom of heaven is near.
    • Heal the sick.
    • Raise the dead.
    • Cleans those with leprosy.
    • Drive out demons.
    • Give these things to people freely, just as you've received them.
    • Take no money; bags; extra tunics, sandals or a staff; because the worker is worth his keep -- meaning these things would be provided.
    • When you enter a town, find a worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.
    • When you enter the home, give it your greeting. If it's deserving, let your peace rest upon that home. If not, let your peace return to you.
    • If someone won't welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust from your feet as you leave their home or town. It will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah in judgment than for that town.

Apostles Warned (Matt. 10:16-33)

  • Jesus warned the apostles:
    • Be on your guard against men.
    • They will hand you over to local councils and flog you in the synagogues.
    • You will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and the Gentiles, on My account.
    • You will be arrested.
    • Don't worry about what to say or how to say it because the Holy Spirit will speak through you.
    • Brother will betray brother, father his child, children their parents, having them put to death.
    • All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
    • When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. You won't finish going through all the towns in Israel before the Son of Man comes.
    • A student isn't above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. All you need to do is be like your teacher, like your master.
    • Don't be afraid of those who oppose you. Don't fear those who can only kill the body; rather, fear GOD who can destroy body and soul in hell.
    • Sparrows are of little value to men, but GOD watches over their every move. You are worth a lot more than many sparrows -- so don't be afraid.
    • The one who acknowledges Me before men I will acknowledge before the Father. The one who disowns Me before men will be disowned before the Father.

Conflict and Sacrifice (Matt. 10:34-39)

  • Jesus told the apostles that He came to bring division on earth and not peace between men. People would be divided within their own household on account of Him.
  • Anyone who loves a family member more than Jesus is not worthy of Him.
  • The one who loses his life for Jesus' sake will save it, but the one who gains his life will lose it.

Receiving the Apostles (Matt. 10:40-42)

  • Jesus told the apostles that those who receive them received Him as well as the Father who sent Jesus.
  • The one who receives a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and a righteous man a righteous man's reward.
  • Even a cup of cold water given to a disciple of Jesus will be rewarded.

Jesus travels throughout Galilee

Apostles Go Preach (Matt. 11:1; Mark 6:12-13; Luke 9:6)

  • When Jesus finished instructing the apostles, He went on to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
  • The apostles went from village to village preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

Herod Curious About Jesus (Matt. 14:1-2; Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9)

  • King Herod heard about Jesus' preaching and healing because Jesus' name had become well-known. Some people were reporting Jesus to be John the Baptist back from the dead; others Elijah; still others a prophet like those of long ago.
  • Herod was incredulous at these reports because he had beheaded John the Baptist, so he tried to see Jesus.

Death of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-12a; Mark 6:17-29)

  • Herod had previously arrested John and had him bound and put in prison. He did this because Herod had married his brother Philip's wife, Herodias, and John the Baptist had rebuked Herod saying that it was not lawful for Herod to have Herodias as his wife. Herodias held a grudge against John as a result and she wanted him killed.
  • Herod had feared John and protected him from Herodias killing him, knowing John was a righteous and holy man. Herod was greatly puzzled when he heard John, but he liked to listen to him.
  • On his birthday Herod had a banquet for his officials and military commanders and leading men of Galilee.
  • The daughter of Herodias danced and pleased Herod and his guests so Herod promised to give her whatever she wanted up to half the kingdom. She asked her mom for advice on what to request and Herodias asked for the head of John the Baptist on a plate.
  • Herod was greatly distressed but felt pressured because of his guests, so he immediately sent for an executioner who beheaded John and brought back his head on a plate. He gave it to the girl and she gave it to her mother.
  • John's disciples buried his body.

Apostles Return and Report (Matt. 14:12b-13; Mark 6:30-33; Luke 9:10-11a; John 6:1)

  • The apostles returned and told Jesus what they had done. So many people were coming and going that they did not have a chance to eat, so Jesus told them to join Him by themselves in a quiet place and get some rest.
  • They got in a boat and went across the Sea of Galilee to a solitary place. However, a lot of people saw them leave and they ran across on foot and beat them across the lake.
Tim Harris
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