Matthew 8-11 (The Daily Walk Bible).

We have a reminder in 8:12 that neither history nor heritage substitute for a personal relationship with God: “But many Israelites – those for whom the Kingdom was prepared – will be thrown into outer darkness.”

Jesus teaches us in 9:2 that he has the power to forgive sin, and then shows that he has the power to do it by making the paralyzed man walk! But it’s only those who realize that they are spiritually sick who will have their sins forgiven (9:13).

Matthew 10 is a bit of a conundrum. Matthew 10:5-16 refers to the immediate ministry of the disciples, while 10:17-23 seems to refer to a broader ministry that looks ahead to the time of the resurrection and beyond. Matthew 24:14 helps us to understand what Jesus means in 10:23 by expanding on his words and showing that the evangelistic mission to both the Jews and the Gentiles exists side by side: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 10:23 doesn’t mean that Jesus expected to come back during the disciples ministry, but that their outreach should continue until he returns!

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