Hello all people,
Happy unofficial start of summer! I'm Nate and I'm the summer intern for Messiah Now Ministries! This will be quite the exciting summer for me here at Messiah Now. I'll be working out in the community to help bring Messiah to our Jewish brothers and Sisters! There will be a lot of reading, writing, praying, and Starbucks involved and, God willing, there will be some great life-changing experiences in the community. During the course of my summer internship here at Messiah Now, I will be working to help inspire and plant seeds in the hearts of nearby Bryn Mawr.
My current reading is a book by Mitch Triestman called "To the Jew First". I checked Google Books for it, but, unfortunately there is no preview available for you to follow along with me, so, I will pick out some highlights from each chapter as I read. Feel free to ask me any questions about context or even my own perception on the readings. Triestman says in Chapter one of his book, "The Biblical Mandate", that according to Matthew Chapter 10 that the disciples were instructed to go to the Jew and not the Gentile, I looked at it and found in The New Living Translation verses 5-7 "Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: "Don't go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel-God's lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the kingdom of Heaven is near." I couldn't help but think that this seems incomplete because I have been brought up on the Great Commission. The Great Commission is more accurately entitled The Great Recommission though, as it was given later. There are definitely two sides to the coin. On the one side one can see the Great Commission replaces the Commission in Matthew, but, on the other side, we can see the Great Commission building on the Matthew verses.
So here it is, your first opportunity to converse with me on the content of this book! What do you think about the two verses? Should the Great Commission build on, or, replace the Matthew Commission? to help clarify, here are the links to each first, the Matthew is here http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2010:1-15&version=NIV
and next the great Commission from 18 verses later http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28:15-17&version=NIV. So, let me hear your thoughts on this one, and keep your eye out for the next update where I will review all of the responses and raise the next question! Also in the next post I will start to share my experiences with my community work at a local Starbucks where I will set up and be starting conversations and building relationships!