54 Jesus sends workers into the fields.

Micah 7:6; Matthew 9:35–38; 10:1–42; 11:1; Mark 6:6–13; Luke 9:1–6

What kind of itinerary did Jesus have in going from town to town (Matthew 9:35)?

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One might think everyone witnessing a miracle would believe. What factors hindered their faith (Mark 6:6)?

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Why do sheep need a shepherd (Matthew 9:36)?

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What is the value of praying for the “lord of the harvest” to send more workers (Matthew 9:37–38)?

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Why did Jesus send workers in pairs (Mark 6:7)? Couldn’t he have doubled the ministry by sending them individually? Why?

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What do you think the disciples did on a typical day of ministry (Matthew 10:1, 7–8)?

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How might the ministry have been different for the one who was paired with Judas (Matthew 10:4)?

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Why did Jesus tell the disciples to visit the Jewish communities and not go to Samaria or reach out to Gentiles (Matthew 10:5–6)?

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How would you describe the message that the disciples preached (Matthew 10:5–8)?

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What impact would the miracles have had in the communities where Jesus wasn’t present (Matthew 10:5–8)?

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What was the purpose behind Jesus’ instruction to not pack a bag for the journey (Mark 6:8–9)?

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When the disciples visited a town, why was it important for them to stay in only one home (Mark 6:10)?

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How were people to be treated if they rejected the disciples’ ministry (Mark 6:11)?

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One wolf presents a great threat to a flock of sheep, but sending a lamb into a pack of wolves illustrates a much greater danger. What did it mean to be wise as a snake and harmless as a dove (Matthew 10:16)?

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Why do people reject messages of hope and healing (Matthew 10:17–18)?

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How did persecution help the ministry (Matthew 10:18–20)?

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Why does salvation depend on “keeping the faith” (Matthew 10:21–22)?

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What reasons do we have to not fear those who oppose us (Matthew 10:24–28)?

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How can we know that God is caring for us (Matthew 10:29–31)?

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What can happen if we fail to tell how God has changed our lives (Matthew 10:32–33)?

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The angel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth promised peace and goodwill. So why is there a battle that calls for a sword (Matthew 10:34–36)?

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What are the requirements for being a disciple of Christ (Matthew 10:37–39)?

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What is the reward for accepting God’s messengers (Matthew 10:40–42)?

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With the disciples and Jesus going to different Jewish communities, how did they know when and where to get back together (Mark 6:12–13)?

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Jesus traveled through all the towns and small communities, teaching in the synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom. He healed all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. Then Jesus went to teach in the towns nearby. As he looked at the large crowd, he was moved with compassion because he saw them as helpless and confused, like sheep without a shepherd. He turned to his followers. “The harvest is huge, but there are not many workers. Pray for the lord of the harvest to send more workers into the fields.”

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Matthew 9:35–38 Jesus traveled through all the towns and small communities, teaching in the synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom. He healed all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. As he looked at the large crowd, he was moved with compassion because he saw them as helpless and confused, like sheep that had no shepherd. He turned to his followers. “The harvest is huge, but there are not many workers. Pray for the lord of the harvest to send more workers into the fields.”
Mark 6:6 He was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went to teach in the towns nearby.
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Matthew 9:35–38 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Mark 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

He called the twelve and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and heal all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. Their names were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John, sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Lebbaeus known as Thaddaeus, Simon the zealous, and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.

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Matthew 10:1–4 He called the twelve disciples and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and heal all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. Their names were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John, sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Lebbaeus known as Thaddaeus, Simon the zealous, and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.
Mark 6:7 He called the twelve disciples, gave them authority over evil spirits, and began to send them out in pairs.
Luke 9:1 Jesus called the twelve and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and heal all kinds of sicknesses.
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Matthew 10:1–4 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

These were his instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or into any Samaritan city. You have already been to many of those places. Concentrate on the lost sheep of Israel. Wherever you go, preach the good news that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out evil spirits, and raise the dead. Give as freely as you have received.

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Matthew 10:5–8 These were his instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or into any Samaritan city. Concentrate on the lost sheep of Israel. Wherever you go, preach the good news that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out evil spirits, and raise the dead. Give as freely as you have received.
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Matthew 10:5–8 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

“Take nothing for your journey. No money. No bag. No extra sandals or clothes. You do not even need a walking stick. Let your work earn your support as you go. When you enter a town or small community, look for a godly man who will let you stay in his home until you leave for the next town.

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Matthew 10:9–11 “Do not take any money, a bag with extra clothes and sandals, or a walking stick. Let your work earn your support as you go. When you enter a town or small community, look for a godly man who will let you stay in his home until you leave for the next town.
Mark 6:8–10 “Other than a walking stick, take nothing for your journey. Do not take a bag, bread, or money. Take one pair of sandals and no change of clothes. In whatever house you are welcomed, stay until you leave for another town.
Luke 9:3–4 “Take nothing with you—no money, walking stick, or bag with extra clothes. In whatever house you are welcomed, stay until you leave for another town.
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Matthew 10:9–11 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
Mark 6:8–10 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
Luke 9:3–4 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.

“As you enter a home, greet the people with kindness. If the residents welcome you, offer your blessings, but if not, then quietly withdraw. When people do not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the offense like dust from your feet, as a testimony against them. Leave that house or town for another. I assure you, on Judgment Day the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than that place.

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Matthew 10:12–15 “As you enter a home, greet the people with kindness. If the residents welcome you, offer your blessings, but if not, then quietly withdraw. When people do not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the offense like dust from your feet and leave that house or town for another. I assure you, on Judgment Day, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than that place.
Mark 6:11 “When people do not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the offense like dust from your feet as a testimony against them. I assure you, on Judgment Day, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than that place.”
Luke 9:5 “When people do not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the offense like dust from your feet, as a testimony against them.”
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Matthew 10:12–15 And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Luke 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

“Listen, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Therefore, you must be wise as snakes, slipping in unnoticed, and harmless as doves, fleeing when threatened.

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Matthew 10:16 “Listen, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Therefore, you must be wise as snakes, slipping in unnoticed, and harmless as doves, fleeing when threatened.
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Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

“Watch out, because people will take you before the local judges and beat you up in their synagogues. Because of me, you will stand trial before governors and kings, giving testimony to the world about me. When you are arrested, do not worry about what to say. Whenever you must speak, you will be given the right words to say. You will not be the one speaking. The Spirit of your Father will speak through you.

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Matthew 10:17–20 “Watch out, because people will take you before the local judges and beat you up in their synagogues. Because of me, you will stand trial before governors and kings, giving testimony to the world about me. When you are arrested, do not worry about what to say. Whenever you must speak, you will be given the right words to say. You will not be the one speaking. The Spirit of your Father will speak through you.
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Matthew 10:17–20 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

“Brothers will turn against brothers, fathers against children, and children against parents, causing them to be put to death. Because of me, everyone will hate you, but those who keep their faith to the end will be saved. When people persecute you in one town, flee to another. Believe me, you will not have reached all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man will come.

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Micah 7:6 Sons don’t respect their fathers, and daughters won’t listen to their mothers. Daughters-in-law want nothing to do with their mothers-in-law. People’s enemies are members of their own household.
Matthew 10:21–23 “Brothers will turn against brothers, fathers against children, and children against parents, causing them to be put to death. Because of me, everyone will hate you, but those who keep their faith to the end will be saved. When people persecute you in one town, flee to another. Believe me, you will not have reached all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man will come.
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Micah 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Matthew 10:21–23 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

“A student is not better than his teacher. A slave is not above his master. What is good enough for the teacher and master is good enough for the student and slave. If the master is called Beelzebub, it is even more likely that people will speak evil of his household. Do not be afraid of those people, because everything hidden will one day be revealed. All secrets will be brought to light. What I whisper to you in the darkness, you must shout in broad daylight. What your ears have heard, preach from the housetops. Do not fear people who can kill your body but cannot harm your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both body and soul in Hell.

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Matthew 10:24–28 “A student is not better than his teacher. A slave is not above his master. What is good enough for the teacher and master is good enough for the student and slave. If the master is called Beelzebub, it is even more likely that people will speak evil of his household. Do not be afraid of those people, because everything hidden will one day be revealed. All secrets will be brought to light. What I whisper to you in the darkness, you must shout in broad daylight. What your ears have heard, preach from the housetops. Do not fear people who can kill your body but cannot harm your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both body and soul in Hell.
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Matthew 10:24–28 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

“The price of two sparrows is not very much, but one cannot die without your Father’s knowledge. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. Don’t worry. You are worth more than many sparrows.

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Matthew 10:29–31 “The price of two sparrows is not very much, but one cannot die without your Father’s knowledge. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. Don’t worry. You are worth more than many sparrows.
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Matthew 10:29–31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

“If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven. But anyone who denies me before men I will deny before my Father in Heaven.

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Matthew 10:32–33 “If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven. But anyone who denies me before men I will deny before my Father in Heaven.
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Matthew 10:32–33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

“Do not assume that I came to bring peace on Earth. Instead of peace, I bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will come from his own home.

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Matthew 10:34–36 “Do not assume that I came to bring peace on Earth. Instead of peace, I bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will come from his own home.
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Matthew 10:34–36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

“If you love your father, mother, son, or daughter more than you love me, you are not worthy of being my disciple. Unless you are willing to sacrifice your own life and do what I ask, you are not worthy of being my disciple. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you lose your life for my sake, you will discover real life.

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Matthew 10:37–39 “If you love your father, mother, son, or daughter more than you love me, you are not worthy of being my disciple. Unless you are willing to sacrifice your own life and do what I ask, you are not worthy of being my disciple. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you lose your life for my sake, you will discover real life.
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Matthew 10:37–39 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

“Those who accept you are accepting me, and those who accept me are accepting the Father, who sent me. Those who accept God’s messenger for who he is will experience the messenger’s reward. Those who accept a righteous man for who he is will experience the righteous man’s reward. Those who give something as insignificant as a cup of cold water to the least of my disciples, because you are my disciples, are sure to be rewarded.”

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Matthew 10:40–42 “Those who accept you are accepting me, and those who accept me are accepting the Father, who sent me. Those who accept God’s messenger for who he is will experience the messenger’s reward. Those who accept a righteous man for who he is will experience the righteous man’s reward. Those who give something as insignificant as a cup of cold water to the least of my disciples, because you are my disciples, are sure to be rewarded.”
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Matthew 10:40–42 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

As soon as Jesus finished instructing his twelve disciples, he left to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. The disciples, sent out in pairs, went through the towns, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God, telling people to turn from their sins and anointing with oil many who were sick, healing them.

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Matthew 11:1 As soon as Jesus finished instructing his twelve disciples, he left to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
Mark 6:7 He called the twelve disciples, gave them authority over evil spirits, and began to send them out in pairs.
Mark 6:12–13 So the disciples went out and preached that men should turn from their sins. They cast out many evil spirits and anointed with oil many who were sick, healing them.
Luke 9:2 He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:6 The disciples went through the towns, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God and healing the sick.
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Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Mark 6:12–13 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.