Matthew 9:35 – 10:42

Matthew 9:35-10:42

        Harvest time

        ( look at extensive text length )

        (ROI – return on investment

Vs… Mark transition from powerful acts

   To compassionate care / shepherd sending to take care of the herds of lost sheep



Matt 8

    Vs1-4 – leper cleansed

    Vs 5-13 – Centurions paralyzed servant healed

    Vs 14-15 – Peter’s mother-in-law healed of fever

    Vs 16-17 – many demon possessed and sick healed

    Vs 23-27 – calms the storm

    Vs 28-34 – demons driven out ( pigs down the cliff )

Matt 9

     Vs 1-8 man on mat forgiven, healed

      9-13 Matthew called

     18-26 woman healed ( bleeding ), dead girl raised

     27-34 blind men healed, demon possessed mute man healed




9 Vs 35

      35 Summary verse

      36 Motivation

Sheep w/o shepherd

  • Sheep like to stay close to each other for safety
  • Act instinctively – strong herding instinct.
  • Will follow another who will follow that one…even over a cliff to stay together
  • Are moderately intelligent
  • Will stay near perceived friends ( Shepherd – who feeds them )
  • Stay away from threats – dogs
  • Like a safe distance / comfort zone
  • Are hopeless w/o shepherds care

      37 Problem defined

      38 SOLUTION – pray


Chapter 10

      1-4 Answered prayer ! First recruits!

               Recall their pedigree…….

                        Grade A businessmen, Grade C scholars…..

                        Overlooked and discounted

     And they hear the words of vs 1 !!!

Vs 2-6

Vs 5-8 Do This Work :

Vs 9-15 Trust for provision

Vs 16-25, 32-39 Persecution, troubles & sacrifices are a given

Vs 26-31 Don’t worry – highly valued!

Vs 40-42 It’s all worth it!



Mark 6:34

Look the end of verse 34. It tells us, “And he began to teach them many things.” The result of his compassion for these people was to teach them. He gave them what they needed most – himself!  He gave them information about himself!  He gave them the words of God. He taught them the things of God.

Sheep know when they are unprotected – so they fearfully band together. BUT w/o a shepherd to lead them, they could easily be the blind leading the blind and they wouldn’t even know the truth of that reality.

“Follow the leader

When one sheep moves, the rest will follow, even if it does not seem to be a good idea. The flocking and following instinct of sheep is so strong that it caused the death of 400 sheep in 2006 in eastern Turkey. The sheep plunged to their death after one of the sheep tried to cross a 15-meter deep ravine, and the rest of the flock followed.”

They move about w/o purposeful direction, head down – just the next meal….