October 31

Special Note:  For those not using “The Daily Bible”, now that we are in the life of Jesus the schedule contains history from all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  There will be more skipping around and more different sections to read which can be a challenge! Don’t get discouraged!  Try to read each days scriptures in the order they are given. They are arranged that way for a logical reason!

Today’s Reading: Matthew 9:35-38, Matthew 10:1-42, Mark 6:7-29, Matthew 11:1, Luke 9:6-9, Matthew 14:3-12

Highlights:  In today’s reading we see Jesus sending the 12 out on what is called the “limited commission”.  The designation “limited” refers to the scope of their preaching: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6).  This is in contrast to the “Great Commission” Jesus will give before He ascends into heaven telling the apostles to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), and,  “make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Also in today’s reading is Herod’s reaction to news about Jesus. Herod thinks He might be John (who Herod had beheaded). The record then gives details about John’s execution.

Question: In Matthew 10:17, as Jesus prepared His apostles to go and preach He told them to “beware of men”.  Is that a valid warning for us today? What more does he say about this in 10:16, 21, 28?


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2 Responses to October 31

  1. Mary K

    It is a valid warning. It is easy to think that on earth if we do the right things and stand up for God our life here will be easy and trouble-free. That is not the promise. We are continually encouraged to look ahead to where the promise resides because it is there we can find strength.

  2. Andrew

    In those verses Jesus calls men “wolves” and says they will turn against their own families. He says those that believe in Him will not be accepted because He was not accepted. I think the warning is still valid for us today. There are plenty of people in this world who would seek to make our lives more difficult because of our beliefs. In some parts of this world our freedom and our very lives would also be in danger.

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