These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles…
Half of "these twelve" are never heard of again as doing any work for Christ. That fact may suggest some considerations worth pondering.
I. THIS PECULIAR AND UNEXPECTED SILENCE SUGGESTS THE TRUE WORKER IN THE CHURCH'S PROGRESS. Let us not over-estimate men. What confidence it ought to give us as we think of the tasks and fortunes of the Church!
II. SUGGESTS WHAT THE REAL WORK OF THOSE DELEGATED WORKERS WAS.
III. How OFTEN FAITHFUL WORK IS UNRECORDED AND FORGOTTEN.
IV. FORGOTTEN WORK IS REMEMBERED, AND UNRECORDED NAMES ARE RECORDED ABOVE.
(Dr. A. Maclaren.)
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