6.42 Sent the Twelve Out in Twos
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Apr 25 6.42 Jesus went to all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues. He preached the good news of the kingdom and healed every illness and disease.1 As he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion because they were worried and cast down as sheep without a shepherd.2 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest3 is plenty but workers are few, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into His harvest.”
Jesus called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority4 to expel demons and cure diseases. He sent them out, two by two, to announce5 God’s kingdom and to heal the sick. The twelve apostles’ names are: Simon, called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and John, sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,6 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot the betrayer.
Apr 27 Truly, in that case, God will be more merciful on judgment day to Sodom and Gomorrah than to them. I send you forth as sheep among wolves. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Beware of men! They will deliver you to councils, flog you in synagogues, try you before governors and kings, for my sake, as witnesses to them and the nations. When they detain you, don’t worry about how or what to speak. At that time, you will be given appropriate words, as your Father’s Spirit will speak through you.10
Brother will betray brother, father his child, and children their parents, to death.11 All will hate you because of me. But whoever endures to the end will be saved.
Apr 28 When they persecute you in one town, escape to another. I will return before you cover them all. No disciple ranks above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.12 The goal is for the disciple to be like his teacher and the servant like his master. If men call the master of the house ‘Satan,’ what will they call his servants? Don’t fear them, for all hidden and covered deeds will be exposed. What I tell you in the dark, tell in daylight, what you hear whispered, proclaim from housetops.13
Don’t fear those who kill the body and not the soul. Instead, fear God14 who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Two sparrows15 cost a coin, yet none can fall to the ground without God permitting.
Apr 29 The very hairs16 of your head are numbered. So don’t worry, you are more important than many sparrows. Whoever confesses17 me before men, I will confess before my heavenly Father and whoever denies me before men, I will deny before my heavenly Father.
Don’t suppose that I came to bring peace18 on earth. I came not to bring peace, but a sword, turning a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s foes are those of his household. Anyone who loves parents or children more than me is not worthy of me, neither is he who does not take up his cross and follow me. He that finds his life, will lose it. He that loses it for my sake, finds it.19
Apr 30 Whoever receives you, receives20 me and God who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as one, will receive a prophet’s reward. He that receives a righteous man as one, will receive a righteous man’s reward. Whoever gives a cup of cold water to these little ones as my disciples, shall truly never lose his reward.”
Having instructed his disciples, Jesus left to teach and preach in their towns. They went throughout the villages preached repentance, expelled demons, anointed the sick with oil and healed everywhere.21