Here we will examine what the Prince of Peace meant by this saying by examining the whole speech he gave his Apostles before sending them out. As
always, I will provide my commentary which may conflict with what you have already been told. This is just another point of view for you to
5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Notice first who the apostles are sent to minister to. Not the Gentiles, but the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Why would that be? The Gentiles
did not have a state religion. They had freedom of religion. All could choose from a myriad of Cults or no cult at all. They could believe what ever
they wanted so long as they obeyed the Roman Laws. The Jews however, had a very strict religious code that they had to abide by. Those who did not
were shunned, stoned, or put to death. These were who Christ came to heal. He said so in his sermon on the Mount. The Gentiles simply did not need his
7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
What is the Kingdom of Heaven? Christ stated elsewhere "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you." and his parables "The Pearl of Great Price" and "The
Hidden Treasure", both elude to the deeper meaning of the Kingdom of Heaven. Plainly, the Kingdom of Heaven is your own conscience, the voice within
you, your own personal connection to the divine. What Christ was teaching that brought healing to the masses was freedom of conscience.
8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
What are the sick? Those who the Pharisees deemed to be spiritually (mentally) ill. Those who suffered from such illnesses as sexual promiscuity,
uncontrollable rage, thieves, and other violations of the religious code
Who are the lepers? Those who were deemed unclean, impure, unworthy to hold any station in the society. These are the rejects and outcasts of Jewish
Who are the dead? Those who have given up on living as their conscience dictates due to fear of condemnation.
What are the devils being cast out? Those would be the guilt and agony caused by a subdued conscience and a constant feeling of low self worth. The
devils are what causes the illnesses of the sick.
So how did they heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils? They did what Christ said he would do in his Sermon on the
Mount. They comforted those who mourned, they relieved those who suffered in the name of righteousness, they loved all, they judged none, they taught
them they were NORMAL, that all were Children of God.
freely ye have received, freely give. 9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10Nor scrip for your journey, neither two
coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
They did all this taking nothing for their provisions, and accepting nothing but food and shelter for payment. Such was the purity of their
11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12And when ye come into an
house, salute it. 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Into what ever house that said it was worthy they entered. They did not judge the house, they let the house judge them. If they were received and
listened to peacefully, they dwelt and healed. If they were not welcome, they left.
14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15Verily
I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Sodom and Gomorrha were destroyed for their inhospitality towards travellers. So too will any city which becomes so deprived of humanity that a
wandering traveller is not welcome.
16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Who are the wolves? The Apostles were travelling only in the cities of Israel. The wolves then would be the Pharisees. They were the ones threatened
by Christ's teachings. It was their power that was being challenged. They had a money making machine that kept them wealthy. If you broke one of their
laws, you had to make an animal sacrifice to repent. The animals had to be bought from the Pharisees. So they make the laws, assign the penalty for
breaking the laws, and sell the animals used for repentance. So power and wealth were at stake here.
17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18And ye shall be brought
before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Here is Christ's warning that what they were doing would anger the Pharisees, Kings, AND the Gentiles. The Gentiles had a power structure in place as
well. Any freethinking man is a threat to any system of control. This is a testimony against any oppressive regime, for if a man is punished for
simply speaking freely his mind, then the cruelty of the regime is self evident to all.
19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
Speak your conscience! No man should fear another when he speaks his conscience.
21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and
cause them to be put to death.
Ever since the day we are born our conscience is ruled over by others. Freeing oneself from that bondage strains relationships with those stuck in the
system of control. Fear keeps people in line. So great is the fear that brother will deliver up brother to death, the father the child, and the
children will rise against their own parents and cause them to be put to death. This is a social revolution. Freedom is never free.
22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Chaos makes men crazy. Even the free despise their liberator when left with the uncertainty of chaos. But those who can make it through the chaos,
the seeming disorder that comes from making a free society, those WILL be saved! Those will LIVE, those will be FREE!
23But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel,
till the Son of man be come.
So from city to city they went preparing the way for Christ to come teach his message of peace, freedom, and love.
24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the
servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
As Christ viewed his disciples as equal with himself, so to would they suffer as he did.
26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
When the walls of tyranny crumble, then the masses get to look behind the curtain of their slave masters to see what all was done to lead them into
captivity. Then is when the masses will learn the truth, and the disciples will have their redemption in their eyes.
27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28And fear not them
which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
What is hell? It is a place of eternal torment, a place of captivity, a place of suffering. Hell is living against your own conscience. Hell is being
imprisoned in your MIND. Hell is a tyrannical regime which oppresses your mind, body, and your very soul, that eternal desire to LIVE and LOVE. Fear
Hell, not death.
29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Such is the value of every person on this planet. Not a single one is deserving to be constrained against their conscience. None are deserving to be
left to suffer. None are deserving of oppression.
32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Whoever confesses Christ is the Son, so too will Christ confess is the Son.
33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Who ever denies Christ is the Son, so too will Christ deny is the Son. Christ ALWAYS taught equality. His message was never about his exclusive
divinity. It was ALWAYS about our mutual divinity.
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Can you see peace coming from his message so far? Hardly! It is a message to call the dead from their tombs and live again! It is a message to rise up
from your serfdom and be counted as a King among Kings. His sword IS the sword of truth, and he brought it!
35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in
law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Look at your family today. If you told them you love them no more than a total stranger, what war would be under your roof? Such is the nature of
equality. You either believe in it, or not.
37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And
he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Those who love anyone MORE than another are not doing what Christ said. None should love anyone MORE than another. That leads to iniquity. Christ
never said to love anyone less, no you should love ALL with as you love yourself.
39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he
that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that
receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
So who out there are really working for their reward? Who out there is really carrying their cross in Christ's name? Who out there is REALLY walking
in Christ's shoes? Who out there can stand and proclaim with authority that they are FREE and no man rules over them. Who will suffer for freedom and
love as Christ has suffered? Who ever received me received Christ. Can you say likewise?
42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he
shall in no wise lose his reward.
Here is your drink of cold water, in Christ's name I give it.
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