A study of Jesus ministry reveals that He used various ways to proclaim the gospel, perform miracles, and teach His disciples. One of these venues was when He “entered the house” (oikos). At one occasion, Jesus was approached by a “ruler…saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live” (Matthew 9:18). Jesus could have just spoken a word, as He did in John 4:46-53, and this daughter would live, but not in this case.
“And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, He said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping” (Matthew 9:23-24). Jesus wanted to first remove distractions from the house so He would have their full attention. He was also concerned that the whole household would see what was about to happen to this precious life. “He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose” (9:25).
Jesus wants to impact whole households and whole families with the gospel. As He sent the twelve out in Chapter 10, part of His instruction to them was; “whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you” (Matthew 10:11–13). They must use their God-given discernment to determine whether the “house is worthy.” The peace the disciples had was in the gospel; nothing else. We have the challenge to begin movements of God through impacting households with the gospel. The success of this is not in our ability, but in discerning the Spirit’s leading us to those who will receive it.
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