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?