Daily Reading: Genesis 29, 30; Matthew 10:1-23
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 10:7, NASB95)
In Matt. 4:23 and 9:35, we see the threefold ministry of Jesus to preach, teach, and heal sicknesses and diseases. In this scene of the disciples’ calling and commissioning (Matt. 10:1, 7), we see that Jesus expects His disciples to do the same things that He himself does. However, He only mentions preaching and healing, leaving out teaching. Why does He leave this out?
- Jesus later commissions them to teach all things that He has commanded (Matt. 28:20), but this is not until after they have witnessed His ministry, the transfiguration, and especially His suffering, death, and resurrection,
- Teaching requires preparation, training, and discipline. Preaching (in relation to sharing Christ) and healing the sick do not.
- All who put their faith in Christ and become disciples are able to give their testimony, share how the kingdom has come near, and how forgiveness is available.
- Teaching requires learning and knowledge (1 Tim. 1:6-7), as well as calling (1 Cor. 12:28; 1 Tim. 3:1; Jm. 3:1).
In Matthew 13:51-52, Jesus underscores the important role of those who study God’s word and are then able to share and teach others. Teaching is not just for a select few. Part of growing in the faith is increasing in knowledge of God’s word so that you can apply it to your life and teach others. Fathers and mothers must teach their children, and a more mature Christian teaches and disciples others. Have you been involved in sharing your testimony, proclaiming God’s kingdom, and healing the sick? Are you committed to learning God’s word, so that you can teach others?