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Matthew 10 – Sent Ones

The word Apostle in Greek is Apostolos which means a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders.  The basic understanding is that it is one sent (with specific orders).  It is someone who has been directed to leave, go somewhere and do something specific.  In today’s church, our closest example would be a missionary.

Here in Matthew 10 we see Jesus sending out disciples, giving them specific instructions about where to go and what to do.  It is a primer for ministry.  Start with your own people, “go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as you go, 1)preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  2)Heal  the sick, 3)raise the dead, 4)cleanse the lepers, 5)cast out demons. Freely you received, 6)freely give.  Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts…

With these commands we begin to see that basic ministry is one part preaching and a whole lot more parts “ministering” to people.  Being a disciple / apostle of Christ means not only preaching, but going and doing.  It’s not 90% teaching / preaching and 10% doing, it’s preaching, with a whole lot more reaching than anything else.

Is this what we are doing?

 

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Matthew 4 – Preparation

There are quite a few really interesting things going on in this chapter.  It is full of details and ideas that really make you think… or should make you think.  For instance, why did Jesus go into the wilderness?  Did He go to spend time with His Father?  Was He looking for clarification or direction?  Did He need some time of peace and quiet so that He could rest and prepare for His coming ministry?  Did He choose to go into the wilderness, or was he sent or led there?  Verse one says, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness…”  So this was a directed thing.  It was something that the Holy Spirit was directing Him to do, and not necessarily something that He was pursuing on His own.

So we know that he was led there.  Strong’s definition for the word used for “led” is:

to lead up; by extension to bring out; specifically to sail away: – bring (again, forth, up again), depart, launch (forth), lead (up), loose, offer, sail, set forth, take up.

So He was led like the wind leads a sail boat.  With enough work, a sail boat CAN move against the wind, but it is much faster and easier for a sailboat to accept and be led by the wind.

This again leads us to the question, why?   Why was He led into the wilderness…  time with the Father?  …seeking direction?  …rest & preparation?  Maybe any or all of these are related to why Jesus went into the wilderness, but the big, major reason is defined in verse one.  “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  So Jesus whole reason and purpose for being in the wilderness was to be tempted.  That’s quite the statement isn’t it?  Jesus was led (like a sailing ship) into the wilderness to be tempted.  What is Jesus thought about this time / season?  Well, two chapters later Jesus is teaching His disciples about prayer and He directs them to pray “And DO NOT lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  That’s quite the statement isn’t it!  He has gone through it, and now He basically tells His disciples, “You do NOT want to do that!”

If we continue on, we find Jesus fasting for 40 days and 40 nights.  How many of us have fasted in our lives?  I know that I have.  Usually we fast for a reason, we have a question that needs an answer.  We have a problem that needs a result.  We need to reconnect to God / YHWH.  All of these are reasons we fast.  We fast in order to hear from and connect / reconnect to YHWH.  Jesus fasts here for 40 days and 40 nights, after finishing His fast, the very first voice he hears… is the tempter.  When we fast, whose voice do we expect to hear?  Do we fast to hear from the tempter or from YHWH?  Does that mean that we always hear from God, or even from God first?  We may pursue God, but we must be careful that the first word we hear while seeking YHWH may be the tempter rather than the Father.

There’s so much more to this chapter.  Please, please, take some time to study it… but then i could say the same thing about every other chapter of the Bible as well.

Blessings,

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

P.S. Also of note, this is what happens directly after the Holy Spirit comes upon Him, and YHWH tells the world, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased!”

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Leviticus 16 – Day of Atonement

Most of the sacrifices previously mentioned have been for the individual.  Whether it was a burnt offering, or a peace offering, or a wave offering, or a grain offering.  Each person would bring their sacrifice to the tabernacle to cover their own sins or for themselves and their families.  However, the day of atonement is different.

The day of atonement is very special in comparison to the other “daily” sacrifices.  The day of atonement occurs once per year on the 10th day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.  It is a time when all of the congregation of Israel was to get together at the tabernacle / temple for a special sacrifice for all.  The day of atonement is about bringing cleansing to the high priest and his family; to the tabernacle, alter and tools of worship; and to the congregation of Israel as a whole.  It’s about purifying and bringing all to right.  It’s kind of like rebooting or restoring a computer.  It cleans out the system and gives a fresh start.

This is very important over the succeeding centuries, and if it had been done and taken seriously as it should have been, it would have gone a long way to help prevent the corruption and downfall of the nations of Israel and Judah.  Yet it didn’t.

This principle still applies today.  While it is important for each individual to come to repentance before the LORD, and that seems to be a lost art.  Even more so the repentance of the nation.  How often do we take responsibility for the sins of the nation.  How often do we come to YHWH in worship of Him and seeking not only forgiveness and healing for our own sins but for those of our nation.  How often do we take responsibility for the decisions and direction of the nation.  It is something that the leaders of the nation especially are to do, but that the people of the nation need to pursue and take accountability for as well.  It is our nation and our responsibility.

Rev. John Camiolo

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Exodus 33 – Presence

Blessed be the name of the LORD Most High.

We go from an intense and troubling chapter 32 to an intense and glorifying chapter 33.  Talk about an emotional roller coaster ride.  The people had had no direction and were casting off restraint.  Now Moses is there and everything has changed.  Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp, and anyone who sought the LORD could go there.  Meanwhile Moses and Joshua would enter the tent of meeting and meet with YHWH while His glory rested in the entrance.  Meanwhile, the people would stand in the entrance of their tents and worship.

Talk about an amazing experience!  Imagine being there!  The presence of God on that place day after day after day.  One of the things that i especially love about this chapter is vs. 11; “Thus the LORD (YHWH) used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.  When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.”  Moses spoke to YHWH face-to-face.  The relationship between Moses and God was such that they could talk and discuss things with each other as any good friends could.  Wow!  What a concept!

Meanwhile, as Moses left the tent of meeting to go about his daily work, Joshua, his servant, would stay in God’s presence.  If anyone wants to know how to be a true leader in God’s kingdom and in the world, He has but to follow Joshua’s lead.  He needs to spend time in the presence of the Holy God.

There is so much depth and power in this chapter.  I have only touched on a couple of the key ideas and principles, and i would greatly recommend that you take at least a few days to really read and attempt to process and understand this chapter.  It has to potential to change your world.

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