To read the texts click on the texts: Gen 46:1-7,28-30; Mt 10:16-23
The sayings found in Matthew’s Mission
Discourse here are found in the Eschatological Discourse of Mark (Mk 13,9-13).
This is an indication that for Matthew, Mission is already eschatological. The
punishment, which is referred to here is not random, but official punishment
from members of organised authority. Even in this difficult situation the
disciples are offered encouragement. They will depend not on their own
strength, but on the Holy Spirit. They are to be missionaries even in the
courtroom. Their imprisonment and trial must be regarded as an opportunity to
make mission known. Mission takes priority even over family ties and if family
ties have to be broken because of mission then so be it. The affirmation of the
coming of the Son of Man is probably meant to provide succour to the
missionaries in their distress.