Log Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday January 12, 2020
Subject: " Commissioning the Twelve"
Scripture: Luke 6:12-19
"When it was fay, he called unto him his disciples;and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles" (Luke 6:13).
In this week’s lesson, we find Jesus thoughtfully and prayerfully choosing His apostles based on the will of His Father. These men were not professional religious leaders. Most of them were common, hardworking men who were simply trying to provide for their families and operating small businesses when Jesus met them. God does not look for extraordinary people to do His bidding; instead He makes ordinary people extraordinary as in the case of the twelve apostles.
II. Lesson Background
At the time of our lesson, Jesus was still early in His ministry although He had taught in synagogues and performed many miracles and healings (see Luke 4:14-44). After healing Peter’s mother-in-law and preaching in various synagogues, Jesus called His first disciples, Peter, James and John while they were out fishing (see Luke 5:1-11). Sometime later, Jesus healed a leper (see Luke 5:12-15) and a paralyzed man who was lowered down in front of Him through the roof of the house where He was teaching (see Luke 5:16-26). After this, Jesus called Levi or Matthew to be His disciple and had dinner at Levi’s home (see Luke 5:27-39). During this time of ministry, on a certain Sabbath, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees as to why His disciples plucked corn to eat on the Sabbath Day. After replying with how David went into the tabernacle and ate the shewbread because he was hungry, Jesus told the Pharisees that “the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath” (see Luke 6:1-5). Later on another Sabbath, Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, but while there He healed a man with a withered or paralyzed hand. This prompted another confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees who watched to see if He would heal on the Sabbath Day so that they could accuse Him of breaking the Law of Moses. Jesus responded by asking them “Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?” Then He proceeded to heal the man’s hand causing the Pharisees to become very angry and discuss what they should do to Jesus (see Luke 6:6-11). Jesus knew that He was doing something new. Because opposition was rising, He needed to form a new community around Him. If Jesus were to be taken out of the picture, something else would need to be in place. New leadership was required. Thus it is no accident that Luke places the choosing of the Twelve immediately after the remark about the beginnings of a plot against Jesus. Our lesson begins with verse 12.
If Christ, who was one with God the Father, saw the importance of prayer, so should we. Every decision we make should be made only after we have asked God for guidance. We should be so familiar with the practice of prayer that we talk with God at all times. Paul called this praying without ceasing.
Even though we may not remember the names of some of the apostles, God knew them and directed Jesus to choose them. We can be confident in His call upon our lives because He knows each one of us and wants us to follow Him. We do not need to have any experience or special qualifications because He will give us what we need.
Jesus had the power to do miracles. Later, when the disciples did some miracles, it was through His power. When they remained faithful to Him even in the face of death, it was through His power. The same is true today. We can only do the work of God through the power of Christ.
Becoming a disciple works the same way today as it did when the Twelve were chosen. They first had to spend time with Him, and then they were able to go out and work for Him. Spending time with Christ today means that we learn all we can about Him through reading the Bible and Praying. When we learn lesson from the Word, we then need to put them into practice. Simply knowing the Bible without serving God does not make a person a disciple.
People can fulfill the call of God upon their lives in any occupation or career they choose. It is not the job title that makes a person a disciple; it is the decision to follow the Lord, spend time with Him ,and act upon what we have learned.
Judas Iscariot serves as a warning to every believer of the danger of claiming to follow Christ without having genuine faith. Each person should search his or her own heart and face the truth. Discipleship cannot begin until we first admit our sinfulness before a Holy God and ask Jesus Christ to save us from that sin. Trying to follow Him simply by dong good things will never make us right with God. Trying to live the Christian life in our power will always lead to disappointment and discouragement. We must accept Christ for salvation before we can follow Him for service.
In this week’s lesson we were introduced to the men Jesus chose and commissioned to be His apostles; His sent ones. They were an ordinary group of men. As believers, we should be encouraged to know that God can use each of us to do His will. He has blessed every one of us with at least one spiritual gift (see Ephesians 4:7), and knowing this should encourage us to use whatever gift we have received for the glory of God (see I Corinthians 10:31).
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