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Weren’t the disciples sent to the Jews?

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When Jesus first sent the disciples out to minister in Matthew 10, He sent them strictly to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The 12 disciples represented the twelve tribes of Israel that had become the Jewish nation. However, in Luke 10, Jesus sends out the larger group of 70, representing the seventy Gentile groups found in Genesis chapter 10.

Matthew 10:1 states that He sent them to EVERY city and place that He was planning to go. Then in verse 2, He tells them to, “pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers.” That same thought is used when Jesus ministered to the Samaritan woman, which eventually brought revival to that non-Jewish city. (See John 4, note verses 34-35).

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