Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to go to the Gentiles or into any city of the Samaritans in the 10th chapter of Matthew?

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Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to go to the Gentiles or into any city of the Samaritans in the 10th chapter of Matthew?

Matthew 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  (6)  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Very good question! We are currently studying the Book of Matthew in our weekly Bible Study and have just covered this chapter. The second part of this question was discussed for a large part of the meeting.

Part 1 The disciples could not go unto the Gentiles until the 70 weeks have been fulfilled (for more information about the 70 weeks, see the verse by verse of Daniel Chapter 9, or ask for our booklet). After Jesus’ death their exclusive covenant relationship with God would be over and the Way would be opened up for the Gentiles to become graffed into Christ. Jesus pronounced the curse upon Israel and the fig tree dried up, showing that they had lost favor. We know that Cornelius was not accepted until AD36, and that is because the rest of the week had to be accomplished of favor.

Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  (27)  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Matthew 15:24-26 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (25)  Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.  (26)  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Part 2: The Samaritans: There was a great deal of prejudice between Jewry and the Samaritans.  We see in the scriptures below, the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans because they did not feel they were legitimate Jews. There is thought that they were half breeds so to speak, not full blooded Jews.  The Samaritans themselves thought of themselves as Jews, because they had Abraham as their father also. But since we know that Jesus himself went and testified to the Samaritans and converted them, then he must have considered them Jews, even if the rest of the nation did not.  Because of the extreme prejudice it was necessary for Jesus himself to approach the Samaritans.

It is interesting also that this woman of Samaria is the only person he plainly told He was the Messiah.

John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

John 4:39-42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.  (40)  So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.  (41)  And many more believed because of his own word; (42)  And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.


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  1. Probably the parable of The Good Samaritan was to help rid the nation of their prejudice

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  2. Said a lot of nothing.

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