Look who had miraculous power

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Matt 10.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 10.1–23 on January 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Matthew wrote of what Jesus gave to His twelve disciples, and what He gave them, they would need as they went about changing the world:

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

– Matthew 10.1

Jesus chose twelve men and to them He gave power over the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh, so that they could cast out demons and heal any kind of bodily ailment. Jesus chose twelve men to have these powers. Matthew named those men for us:

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

– Matthew 10.2–4

Judas, you had unparalleled privilege! What happened, man?

He wanted the power of money, even just a little bit of money, and wanted it enough that he would give up everything and anything for it.

Friends, you have unparalleled privilege! You are going to heaven, if you follow the Lord Jesus Christ wherever He goes! Is there a sin, even a “little” one, that you are willing to have even if it means missing heaven? Kill that desire right now!

Questions:

  • What do you think of Judas?
  • Have you known someone like Judas, who had great potential and then threw it all away?

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