Jesus told the Apostles not to preach to the Gentiles. It was not the time for that. We should do what is right for the time, avoiding what is not.

Wednesday, 7/6/11

When Jesus sent the Apostles out to preach the Kingdom he restricted them to preaching only to Jews: “Do not go into pagan territory. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

For years I taught this Gospel according to Matthew to children in the Seventh Grade, and I posed questions to them about what Jesus did and said. With this passage I asked the question: “Was it fair for Jesus to have the Apostles preach only to Jewish People? “

More than half the kids each year said it was wrong for the Apostles to preach only to Jewish people. They said things like, “Everybody needs help from Jesus, not just Jews.”

I pointed out to them that the Bible said that Jesus never sinned. I asked them if it wasn’t what Jesus did and didn’t do that tells us what is right and wrong. I asked them if they had a better idea than Jesus had about what was right and wrong.

Jesus telling the Apostles not to go to Gentiles then is an example of what is said in Chapter Three of Ecclesiastes. “There is a time for everything.” In his own good time God would inspire the Apostles to go to the Gentiles.

Children should not want to do things that only are proper for adults, and we adults should not get caught doing things that are only proper for children.

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