7.11.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 156. Provide.

“Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is deserving of his support. And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.” – Matthew 10:9-11

This continues Jesus’ instructions to His twelve hand-picked disciples. Matthew has renamed them apostles, using a Greek term that refers to someone “sent out” with the message of their master. These men are transitioning from students to “sent ones.”

The Twelve will head out into the region of Galilee in pairs, travelling from town to town and preaching in the name of Jesus that the kingdom of heaven in near (Matthew 10:1–4). They will demonstrate that their message is true by displaying the power of Jesus to heal diseases and cast out demons (Matthew 10:5–8).

Jesus has told them not to take any extra provisions with them. God will provide all they need through the people they minister to in each town. They must not charge for their services of healing and preaching, but they should expect those who are helped to offer them hospitality and provision.

Now Jesus gets more specific. When they come into a new town or village, the disciples should find out who is “worthy” and stay with them until they leave town. In this case, worthy does not describe those who are most religious or the least sinful. By worthy, it will become clear, Jesus means those who are ready to repent and believe the message of Christ’s apostles.

Jesus implies that some among that group will gladly welcome a pair of Jesus’ representatives to stay with them while they’re in the area. In receiving them, they will be receiving Jesus Himself.

In receiving them, it’s like receiving Jesus Himself.

Do you believe this? That God will provide? That God will take care of all of your needs? Tough, tough question here. This is letting go of ego and letting God move in to your life, your work, your home, all of it. Believing that God will provide…..takes trust, faith……surrender.

5 Comments

  1. Peggy F on July 11, 2021 at 9:11 am

    So many promises in God’s word that He will provide for us.
    Phil 4:19……..And my God will supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus !!!
    Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.
    And so many more, read all of Malachi……Isaiah and Luke…….and how God took care of Moses and Joseph oh so many examples, trust Him !!!!!…….God will take of our every need. He is so faithful, He is so good!!
    Blessings this Sunday on all our community, and Father meet every need, In Jesus Name , Amen!!!

  2. Bruce on July 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    The Lord will provide, but not necessarily according to our desires! That’s hard to buy sometimes, because., of course, we know best! Lol

    • Dave Pettigrew on July 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Haha. So true…our egos get so deeply in our way sometimes….

  3. Jonathan B on July 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Trust in him and he will provide. That’s a hard one to do; to give up the reins fully. I pray each of us begins to unharness ourselves from worldly decisions and put it in his loving hands.

    • Dave Pettigrew on July 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Amen. No one said it would be easy….

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