Topical Study: THE LOST SHEEP (1)

Text: Matt. 10:1-15

In our study today on The Lost Sheep, we will look at the Description Of The Lost Sheep and Disciples Sent To Seek The Lost Sheep.

Description Of The Lost Sheep Of The House Of Israel (Matt. 10:1-6).

When Jesus sent out His disciples to go and preach, He asked them not to go to any other except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Aside this, Jesus had made several allusions to His being sent to the lost sheep of Israel (cp. 15:24; Lk. 19:11). The lost sheep of the house of Israel here refers to the Jews to whom Jesus first came (Matt. 10:5-6; 18:10). The Jews were described as lost sheep because they had continually disobeyed the commandments of the Lord and gone out of the way like wandering sheep without shepherd (cp. Isa. 53:6; Jer. 50:6-7, 17,18; Matt. 9:36).

Although God sent Christ to the Jews first, because He chose to reveal Himself to the rest of mankind through them (cp. Gen. 12:3; Isa. 25:6; Act. 3:26), the message of salvation in Christ is for all and sundry, regardless of sex, race, creed, culture, or nationality(Isa. 56:3-7; Mal. 1:11; Jn. 3:16; Act. 10:34, 35; Rom. 3:29; Gal. 3:28). Even at that introductory stage, Christ also ministered to the Gentiles and Samaritans (cp. Matt. 15:21-28; Jn. 4:3-10, 16, 21-24, 28, 39-41).

This means that, although Jesus arose from the stock of the Jews and introduced His message first to them, He came to seek and to save all that are lost in sin and deadness and not just the Jews only (cp. Matt. 18:10; Lk. 19:11; Jn. 1:10-13; 3:16). He came not as a sectional or tribal but universal Saviour.

Text: Matt. 10:1-15

In our study today on The Lost Sheep, we will look at the Description Of The Lost Sheep and Disciples Sent To Seek The Lost Sheep.

Description Of The Lost Sheep Of The House Of Israel (Matt. 10:1-6).

When Jesus sent out His disciples to go and preach, He asked them not to go to any other except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Aside this, Jesus had made several allusions to His being sent to the lost sheep of Israel (cp. 15:24; Lk. 19:11). The lost sheep of the house of Israel here refers to the Jews to whom Jesus first came (Matt. 10:5-6; 18:10). The Jews were described as lost sheep because they had continually disobeyed the commandments of the Lord and gone out of the way like wandering sheep without shepherd (cp. Isa. 53:6; Jer. 50:6-7, 17,18; Matt. 9:36).

Although God sent Christ to the Jews first, because He chose to reveal Himself to the rest of mankind through them (cp. Gen. 12:3; Isa. 25:6; Act. 3:26), the message of salvation in Christ is for all and sundry, regardless of sex, race, creed, culture, or nationality(Isa. 56:3-7; Mal. 1:11; Jn. 3:16; Act. 10:34, 35; Rom. 3:29; Gal. 3:28). Even at that introductory stage, Christ also ministered to the Gentiles and Samaritans (cp. Matt. 15:21-28; Jn. 4:3-10, 16, 21-24, 28, 39-41).

This means that, although Jesus arose from the stock of the Jews and introduced His message first to them, He came to seek and to save all that are lost in sin and deadness and not just the Jews only (cp. Matt. 18:10; Lk. 19:11; Jn. 1:10-13; 3:16). He came not as a sectional or tribal but universal Saviour.

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