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5) Matthew 10 - Jesus and disciples
In this section the Master addressed all those disciples who would have a part of His ministry from that day forward
until He comes again.

We may ask ourselves why the Lord would say the obvious.  He begins with what all could admit as true, in order to
carry His listeners to see what emotionally they would not be so ready to admit, but what intellectually they must
grasp as certainly true.
       1) The disciple is identified with his teacher by his own choice.
       2) The slave is identified with his lord by his master's choice, his master's purchase, thus he renders service
            because he is his master's property.

Whatever was good enough for the Lord and Master is good enough for the servant-disciple.  If it was not below the
dignity of the Lord to humble himself to serve ungrateful men, suffer their abuse and ultimately die for them, it surely
should not be considered below the dignity of His servant to do the same (John 13:14-16, John 15:20).

If the teacher's doctrine is brilliant and true, his students who followed him will be led into the same glorious truth in
which the teacher himself lived.  If, on the other hand, the teacher's premises are false, all his students who remain
faithful to Him will plunge with him into doom.  Either way, they owe what they are to him and share his destiny.

The King teaches us that, in all our service for Him, He reckons us as identified with Himself, as going in His place.  
He is above us; but His teaching is to make us become as He is, and all He is, is ours in this matter of service.  The
bond-servant, bound to obey, because the property of the King, is yet as he goes forth, identified with His Lord, with
his Lord's royalty, his Lord's dignity, his Lord's authority, delegated by the King to speak for the King, in the name
and nature and power of the King.

"If you are to suffer for the cause of righteousness, how much more will I, who am its chief proponent!"  Jesus was
going to receive the same treatment that He here pictures for His men.  What comfort these words would bring.

He removes the element of shock for the Apostles, since the rude surprise of this evidence of men's rejection of
their teaching might tempt them to use the supernatural power at their disposal in ways unworthy of the Lord who
give it to them (Luke 9:51-55).

His showed His disciples a taste of the harsh treatment they could expect.  Beel-Zebhul means in Rabbinic language
"Master of the Temple" but sounds so much like Beel-Sibbul which means, figuratively, "lord of idolatrous
sacrificing," or, literally "lord of the manure pile," that I can immediately catch the bitingly sarcastic epithet when used
in reference to Jesus.  This crude humor of the scribes would have cut to the heart those who loved Jesus and
would be anguished at this reference.

Jesus does not outline a plan for retaliation against those who slander, harass, or kill His men; He leaves them no
alternative but that of accepting the suffering or else being the traitor to His cause.  If we know the fellowship of His
sufferings, we shall also know the power of His resurrection.
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