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.
Sorry i missed the day yesterday, in the coming days and weeks i may miss a day or two in a row due to other things going on, but i should be back on track fully after that.
As i went into this chapter, i began to realize that Isaac’s story is much shorter. It seems like i only just started with him, and already he is an old man and Jacob’s story is beginning. Jacob’s name means “supplanter”, and here is where he, with the help and encouragement of his mother, really sees the fruition of that name. The name given to him almost seems as if it becomes his life motto / purpose. It’s funny, because a couple of days ago my friend (and teacher) Fount Shults posted a note on facebook about Death and Life in the Tongue and how what we say has power / influence.
It’s interesting to see the dynamic here between Isaac and his wife Rebekah. Isaac loved Esau and wanted him to be blessed over everyone around him. Rebekah however, favored Jacob. Isaac’s plan was for Esau to gain the honor and blessing, but God had other plans that Isaac was either not aware of, or had ignored. Either way, his plans were not God’s. Back in chapter 25, before the children were born, Rebekah inquired of the LORD about them, and God told her that the younger would be greater, and the older would serve him. Isaac’s plan was the opposite of this. You can see from the chapter that Issac had planned to bless Esau so that Esau would be master over all. He had not planned to reserve any blessing for Jacob at all. That obviously backfired so Jacob got it all.
What about us? Do we fail to check in with God about the plans and blessings we make? Are we so set in what we want that we fail to recognize that that may not be what God is planning to do? I know that i have. I also know that that can lead to some very difficult situations down the road.
One last thing that i wanted to note from going through this chapter today. It’s something that i don’t think i realized before. Rebekah said that she was sending Jacob to her brother Laban’s, and that when Esau’s anger had subsided, she would send for him to come back. We never hear of this happening. As far as we know, Rebekah never sent word to Jacob to return. When he came back he was unsure of Esau’s intent towards him.