Matthew Chapter 10
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 10 Bible commentary...
The apostles called. (1-4) The apostles instructed and sent forth. (5-15) Directions to the apostles. (16-42)1-4 The word "apostle" signifies messenger; they were Christ's messengers, sent forth to proclaim his kingdom. Christ gave them power to heal all manner of sickness. In the grace of the gospel there is a slave for every sore, a remedy for every malady. There is no spiritual disease, but there is power in Christ for the cure of it. There names are recorded, and it is their honour; yet they had more reason to rejoice that their names were written in heaven, while the high and mighty names of the great ones of the earth are buried in the dust.
5-15 The Gentiles must not have the gospel brought them, till the Jews have refused it. This restraint on the apostles was only in their first mission. Wherever they went they must proclaim, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. They preached, to establish the faith; the kingdom, to animate the hope; of heaven, to inspire the love of heavenly things, and the contempt of earthly; which is at hand, that men may prepare for it without delay. Christ gave power to work miracles for the confirming of their doctrine. This is not necessary now that the kingdom of God is come. It showed that the intent of the doctrine they preached, was to heal sick souls, and to raise those that were dead in sin. In proclaiming the gospel of free grace for the healing and saving of men's souls, we must above all avoid the appearance of the spirit of an hireling. They are directed what to do in strange towns and cities. The servant of Christ is the ambassador of peace to whatever place he is sent. His message is even to the vilest sinners, yet it behoves him to find out the best persons in every place. It becomes us to pray heartily for all, and to conduct ourselves courteously to all. They are directed how to act as to those that refused them. The whole counsel of God must be declared, and those who will not attend to the gracious message, must be shown that their state is dangerous. This should be seriously laid to heart by all that hear the gospel, lest their privileges only serve to increase their condemnation.
16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, #Ac 20:27|. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/23/2014, 5:05pm...
Hello Mockingbird and Tushman In addition to my comment that I hope will come out today or tomorrow, when the scripture that I quoted states.. "Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God " This is what I have been doing confessing that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. Read 1 John 4 1 thru 3.
Tushman's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/23/2014, 12:55am...
Most of the time we can 't recognise the wolves and thus can neither act wise as serpents or humble ourselves like doves. Let 's pray intensively for the reopening of our spiritual eyes.
MockingBird's Matthew Chapter 10 comment about verse 16 on 11/22/2014, 10:07am...
I am sent forth to be amongst wolves They devour their prey I refuse to be a prey to wolves a serpent is wise and discreet A dove represents Holy Spirit Harmless is He I better not be a sheep follower of God in sheeps clothing !!!! Meek but not weak !!!!
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/09/2014, 10:00am...
Hello Robert I would like to add to my comment about the wars. The Philistines they have been fighting the Jews since Biblical Days. Read over in 1 Samuel. David fought Goliath. Goliath was a Philistine, 1 Samuel 17 23. Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, 1 Samuel 13 3. That land that Israel is sitting on that everyone is trying to take away from them belongs to them. God no only gave them that land, but he fought for Israel to take that Land. Joshua 10 41 42 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon. And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. People need to leave the land to Israel.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/09/2014, 3:59am...
Hello Robert I would like to add to my comment. Remember Jesus Christ if he wanted to could have killed everyone that crucified him, but he didn t because he had such a peaceful mission to do. He is our example of a peaceful mission. This is another reason why the Jews did not accept him. They were looking for a fighter, a messiah to kill their enemies and bring the Jews peace during this time. However Jesus let them know that was not his job at this time. This is why in Matthew 10 34 he was letting them know that at this time he was not here to bring peace on the Earth. In Matthew 10 35 this is talking about the conflict of truth. This is not a physical conflict. This is a spiritual conflict. The word variance means dispute or disagreement. There are disputes about what is the true salvation plan during this dispensation of Grace. You have disputes over interpretations of the Bible. Jesus knew that this was coming. If you read further down he was letting them know that whosoever receiveth him receiveth rewards. However, in the end the truth will stand. The truth is that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. The truth is that a person must follow Acts 2 38 in order to be saved. The truth is we must follow peace with all men, Hebrews 12 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/09/2014, 3:23am...
Hello Robert Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, Matthew 18 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. He did not come to bring peace unto the world at that time. See the Jews during this time was looking for a messiah to come, fight, and kill all of their enemies and bring them peace upon this Earth. However, Jesus Christ mission was a peaceful mission to save people and to reconcile the people back unto himself, 2 Corinthians 5 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation This is why it is important to get save by following Acts 2 38. However, Jesus Christ does want us to follow peace with all men during this time of the Grace Age, Hebrews 12 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord You are correct those people in the Middle East was fighting Israel before Jesus came and they will continue fighting and threatening Israel until Jesus comes back and stop them. The Bible even talks about wars and rumor of wars, Matthew 24 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars see that ye be not troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Robert's Matthew Chapter 10 comment on 11/08/2014, 9:22am...
V35 Jesus is a separater. Read Matt.10 34 and Luke 12 51. He did not come to bring peace during this 1st.advent. World peace does not come until Rev.19 11 the second advent. ist. People preaching world peace today are not scripitual and are minions of the Anti Christ. Read Dan.11 21, the Anti Christ will come in peaceably and with flattery. If your in a church that is preaching peace in this age it is a false gospel. Peace does not come to earth until the King of Peace returns. The only peace we have today is the peace that Jesus gives us at salvation and with others that are saved. World peace will not come until He comes at the second advent. These politicians from all nations talking peace it is a false peace and will not come but after the tribulation when He come back.Rev 19
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