And As You Go
“And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.” Matthew 10:7-10
Ever notice how remarkably matter of fact that order is given. As you go, preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. And while you’re at it, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils and feely give all these as you go.
Now this charge was given to the disciples to first go into the places where the Jews, the children of Israel, lived—not to the Gentiles (that time would come later). He told them, while you’re on the way, though, preach the Kingdom of God and do the works of healing, freedom, deliverance and raising the dead. It is particularly noteworthy how not even Peter questioned this summons, but they all got about the business of doing just what Jesus said for them to do, even though they did not have a real idea of what the outcome would be.
This was clearly the case when the seventy were sent out.
“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.’” Luke 10:17-20
They discovered a remarkable thing. They had no hidden agenda, just a desire to serve God’s cause and be obedient to the Word of Jesus. He gave them power to do the work of ministry and they did and they discovered it worked. What a revelation. They didn’t get some great command to go out and perform great feats of daring and danger. Just a simple directive to do these thing on the way to your destination and once you get there do more of it and tell the people of the covenant of Abraham that The Healer, The Deliverer, The Provider, The Power to raise the dead, The Power to make the lepers clean has come and is here for you now.
Imagine your father or mother saying to you, “take this bread to the people across town and as you go pick up some pecans, pluck some corn, harvest some wheat, bake a cake and give them away.” Think of it, these men were charged with much more than we can imagine, Yet Jesus did not think it to be too great a task for them. And what’s more they did it.
They went where He sent them to go, they did what He charged them to do and they reaped the reward for their obedience, even marveling at what the power of God with them could accomplish.
As you go, do all the good you can. Just do it!