Jesus continues his healing tour and rounds out his apostile line up.
Is there a timeframe that is given anywhere that tells us how long Jesus was wandering around healing people and collecting his entourage? From the reading so far I get the impression that is was over a very short period of time.
10:32 to 10:38 is the classic 'I don't come in peace, I come with a sword" line that many Atheists like to use against the peaceful Jesus. Sadly (to some, but not me), within the context of the rest of the chapter, it fits and is not the horrible statement it's made out to be. It's not nice, more Old Testament like actually.
Jesus gives his men marching orders and lets them know that it's going to be a rough job and some of them aren't going to be coming back.
To paraphrase Jesus, 'Don't fear the men that will destroy your body. Fear me, the man who will destroy your body AND soul!
I'm guessing some of them are now wishing they had stayed on the boat. ;-)
John the Baptist, still sitting in prison, sends out his own disciples to check in on Jesus. I got the impression that maybe John was having second thoughts on Jesus being the messiah. Did he think that Jesus couldn't possibly be doing all these great things, or was there some professional jealousy going on?
I find chapter 12 very interesting in that Jesus had earlier stated that men should keep the laws of Moses;
5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven...
And yet not working on the sabbath isn't important anymore. I believe that killing the man for collecting wood on the sabbath was the first judgement that man did in defense of the 10 commandments. Can someone explain the seeming contradiction?