8.8.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 184. Reward.

Matthew 10:41 says this, “The one who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and the one who receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person shall receive a righteous person’s reward.”

Ok. I’ll be the first to admit that I just don’t know what this verse is talking about. Let’s see if we can figure this one out together.

Jesus is sending out the Twelve, His core group of hand-picked apostles (Matthew 10:1–4). Their current mission is to represent Him by teaching His message and performing His miracles in His name (Matthew 10:5–8). Christ has said that anyone who receives the apostles by believing in Jesus and offering hospitality also receives Jesus and the one who sent Jesus, God the Father (Matthew 10:40).

In addition, Jesus states that someone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet or a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a prophet or righteous person’s reward. Put another way, someone who believes and helps a prophet or righteous person will have a share in the reward God will give to that prophet or righteous one.

This seems to put Christ’s apostles on the same level as the prophets and righteous men of Israel’s Old Testament history. A prophet was someone who was given a message by God to deliver to the people. Righteous people obeyed God by doing the specific work He assigned to them. The apostles, sent out by Jesus, both delivered God’s message to the people and performed the righteous work of healing and casting out demons that He gave them to do.

The reward Jesus mentions includes eternal life in God’s kingdom as well, perhaps, as special rewards that will be given to the apostles in that eternal home. The apostles will share those rewards with those who believed their message and offered hospitality to help them accomplish their work in Jesus’ name.

Ah…so the reward is all that Jesus is offering to us as followers of Jesus. I get it. Eternal life. That works for me.

Good for you?

2 Comments

  1. Bruce Balbach on August 8, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Dave, as I was reading this, I thought of you and how there is a parallel to what you do when you are out ministering! Those who are able to host you for a concert, in some ways, share in overall results of the evening, whether it be thru someone getting saved, a child being sponsored, or a person being set free during worship. It is a modern day representation of the Gospel in action.

  2. Peggy F on August 8, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    This story reminds me of the story of the prophet, Elijah, in 1 Kings 17 6 paraphrased, the Lord was supplying the needs of Elijah, giving him food sent by ravens and water from the brook Cherith…but then the brook dried up. and then in verse 9, the Lord said to Elijah

    , ” Arise , go to Zarephath ……………………..I have commanded a widow there to provide for you, and reading down thru verses to 12, Elijah , asked her for bread, but she said she had no bread, only a little oil and flour, and she told him, ( again paraphrasing the story) she was going to make a little bread for her and her son and then die, as there was no more left. then in verse 13 Elijah tells her , ” Do not fear, make me a cake first, and bring it to me, then afterward, makes some for yourself and your son The widow did as the prophet asked her, and as a result of her obedience, the Lord poured on her flour and oil, that did not run out!!!!!!!!
    She received so much more than she needed
    .
    ‘We too, are given the opportunities to give to ” God’s anointed”, in so many ways, but also from our very sustenance…………and when we give to Gods prophets ,{ His anointed vessels }, in the work and ministries God has given them, we too, just like that widow , we receive so much more than we need, and are filled to overflowing as we give, as it says in Malachi 3, 10,11,12, and not only does God tell us He will open up the heavens, when we give, in tithes and offerings , and pour out such a blessing, that there would not be room enough to receive it ” and also I love verse 11, God says , when we give, he will rebuke the devour er for your sake , So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the filed……………..how amazing are Gods promises and blessings !!!!!!!

    I believe this is just as true today as it was for the widow who gave, all she had to Elijah, she too shared in ” the rewards” whatever God deigns those rewards to be.

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