And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. (Luke 9: 1-2)
Let’s check out a few things before we move on, okay?
Why did Jesus have to call the twelve disciples to a special meeting?
Because the twelve disciples did not spend twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with Him. In between times with the Lord, the disciples went to their homes and worked. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen and owned boats. Peter was married.
The twelve disciples were real people just like you and me. They had to balance their everyday lives with their callings.
When did this sending out of the twelve disciples by the Lord take place?
This event in Luke 9 took place before the Holy Spirit was given to all men. This means that, like the prophets or priests of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon men to anoint them for special service, but did not live in them on a permanent basis.
So, just consider how much better equipped we believers are today than these twelve disciples were, when they were sent out by Jesus in Luke 9. We have the Helper, the Holy Spirit, living within us. In fact, Jesus said:
But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7)
Paul said this about our Helper:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
And John said:
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Today, we believers have the advantage, a treasure and the greater One living in us.
What Bible version did the twelve disciples carry with them on their journeys?
Yes, this is a silly question, right? Because there were no Bibles as yet. And the Old Testament was written on numerous scrolls and if the disciples wanted to study Scripture, they had to go to the Temple or a synagogue and study there. As you can imagine, studying scripture was inconvenient for the disciples.
The disciples were real people like us, but they did not have the Helper or a Bible. So, what did the disciples have?
(Continued in Part 14)