Come Follow Me LDS- Mar 11-17 Pt 1, Matthew 10-11, These 12 Jesus Sent Forth

‘A Snitch, An Elias & A Yoke’

– How societies get family member to turn on each other.

– The Joseph Smith Doctrine of the Spirit of Elias and The Spirit of Elijah

– How Christ’s ‘Yoke’ really works.

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“These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth” Part 1


okay in this come follow me episode we

are going to talk about the family

snitch the Elias and the yoke here we go

alright so first opening up in Matthew

chapter 10 we get a transition from all

of the healing that Jesus was doing in

chapters 8 & 9 in last week’s lesson and

this is a transition over to the

Apostles at this point in verse 1 of

chapter 10 in Matthew which we will

cover first it says and when he had

called unto him his twelve disciples he

gave them power against unclean spirits

to cast them out and to heal all manner

of sickness and all manner of disease so

this is a this is a concept of the

gospel which is a fluid hierarchy we’ll

get into that in another episode but

basically Jesus first is established as

the healer he then calls his twelve

disciples and gives them the same charge

to go out and do what he has just been

doing so the Gospels here the writers of

the Gospels have in their narrative

created Jesus as the healer first he

brings in his twelve disciples

and then the author show him show these

twelve disciples where they are now also

healers so it’s a duplication it is a

rule of proxy by some degree because how

are they doing these things they’re

doing it the disciples are doing it in

the name of Jesus Christ right as they

as they exercise the priesthood from

their ordinations

so a fluid hierarchy that we see here

being initiated a very core gospel

principle that we’ll get into later

another time and the idea of proxy that

that the priesthood is a power used by

proxy through

normal dudes and Jesus gives each of

these disciples of the charge of going

out first to the house of Israel to the

lost sheep of Israel and later we’d be

looking more at the Samaritans and the

Gentiles down the road that are

associated always with the Melchizedek

priesthood and he says as you go preach

saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand

so again as we’ve discussed previously

in previous episodes this is one of the

major messages of Jesus is that the

kingdom is at hand the kingdom being the

fullness of the gospel and the fullness

of the Melchizedek Priesthood moving

from just an ironic law that is in place

all the way up to a complete fullness of

the gospel that Jesus is restoring as

the head of his dispensation so his role

not just as the Savior here is being

marked by the authors but his role as a

restorer and as the head of this

dispensation of Melchizedek Priesthood

keys and truths and he goes on to tell

them in verse 9 here provide neither

gold nor silver nor brass in your purses

nor scrip for your journey neither two

coats neither shoes nor yet staves for

the work man is worthy of his meat I

like this principle I did to me what

this is saying is something very similar

to fasting get rid of the idea of

materialism that somehow the material

items around you are what sustain you

they’re not it’s not your food it’s not

clothing it’s not money what ultimately

should be sustaining you in your life is

the spirit and the truth and the gospel

and the core principles of the atonement

faith repentance etc not any kind of a

material provision so fast and gives us

that opportunity right where we have a

chance to stay away from something

physical that is a provision

physical provision for us and apart from

just sacrificing and apart from saying

where we are willing to go without what

we’re really saying here or what we are

also saying here is physical things are

not as important for me as spiritual

things and then down in verse 16 he says

behold I send you forth talking about

the to the disciples I send you forth as

sheep in the midst of wolves this is a

throwback to a previous chapters where

we talked about sheep or wolves in

sheep’s clothing here he’s referring

again to sheep and a wolves but he’s

saying that the disciples are actually

sheep and they’re being thrown out into

the world into the world of wolves the

world is full of wolves and so he’s

giving this imagery that is contrary to

the image of a wolf in sheep’s clothing

and he follows up with that in verse 17

by saying but beware of men for they

will deliver you up to the council’s and

they will scourge you in their

synagogues why? why would this happen so

this gives us another idea of the state

of things in Judah and what is happening

they are in a position of it with a an

intense high-level ideological

possession that is driven by rules very

demanding specific rules that are added

on top of the law of Moses and it’s

done all in the name of God right and so

this power which we can easily see being

centralized in Jerusalem is easily

executed throughout the land of Judah

and throughout those that would be

followers or that are tied to the temple

at Jerusalem that it can easily be

actually keep this power is easily

executed through these demanding

specific tasks and laws and rules that

everybody has to follow and this is what

Jesus is coming in saying he’s saying

you are all slaves to this as you have

been focused on the lower law it has

gotten worse and worse to the point

where you are simply products of this

lower law and you are slaves to it and I

am bringing you freedom from this and I

am bringing you a higher law and a

higher level of thinking a higher level

of living a higher level of hoping and a

higher level of knowledge that will help

you escape out of these things but those

that have the power here are the wolves

and so they’re not going to like that

message right they don’t they want to

hang on to the power that they have here

and Jesus is becoming a bigger and

bigger threat very early on to that

power structure that they have which is

based on what they are saying is a

religious godlike way of life so that’s

hard to get out of right I mean if

that’s if that’s the belief that this is

I’m doing what’s right to all these

tasks everything that I’m doing I must

do because I’m perfecting myself and I’m

doing what is obedient that’s a

hard thing to change a very hard thing

to change but that’s what Jesus is

attempting to do here and then Jesus

gives us a further idea of the dynamics

the power structure and of the fabric of

society in Judah

this is what he says in verse 21 and the

blood and the brother shall deliver up

the brother to death and the father the

child this is the family snitch and the

father the child and the children shall

rise up against their parents and cause

them to be put to death

how does this happen what kind of a

society does this happen in the only

place that this happens at this level of

what he’s saying is in an ideally

and ideologically possessed society and

that can happen in our day we saw this

especially in the twentieth century

throughout Europe and Asia where you

have on the right

you had Nazi Germany and to lesser

degrees and in in Italy and in Spain

where you had right-wing authoritarian

regimes and how do they gain power and

make sure that their ideology is

followed well it’s kind of like what you

basically do is you show how bad and

evil anyone outside of your ideology is

and you make it worth even to a family

member even to a child or a father or

anyone else you threaten them with

horrendous consequences and you teach

them and indoctrinate them that anybody

that follows outside of this falls

outside of this ideology is worthy of

death or extreme punishment and once

you’ve gotten that into society once you

have inserted this into an ideological

position in the hearts and minds of men

and women and children especially then

you have a society of fear because you

don’t know who’s going to say something to

you and who’s going to snitch on you and

that’s what’s happening here in

Jerusalem and Judah is that hey if you

following something that Jesus is saying

if you’re following him maybe even those

that may have even followed him at first

would have been tortured or would have

been shamed out of their villages or

would have been killed

would have been stoned to death or who

knows what else


that might have been a real big issue

for Jesus’s crowds being able to grow

larger and larger and larger certainly

this is what they did to Christ and

so to think that it didn’t happen to

many others before that I think would be

a little naive and so he’s saying that

what will happen

and he’s forewarning them of course he’s

going to push forward with his message

anyway but he’s for warning them that

children and parents and brothers and

sisters and others will turn on their

own and a say and in a society of fear

that’s easy to do and in a society of

ideological possession that is easy to

do you have the Nazis where you know if

you started thinking saying something

that was against Hitler or against the

regime then you had a great fear of

being turned on and that could happen by

anyone because what would they do with

Hitler Youth and others they would take

the children they would go to the

children who have not had life

experience yet and they would teach them

that their parents were evil and then

they would have them turn on them if

they saw them do anything and they

became spies to their parents the same

thing happened on the left so if you go

to Lenin and a lot of people said I

didn’t have with Lenin it did happen

very fiercely with Lenin it especially

happened with Stalin later on it

happened with Mao in China it happened

with Pol Pot it happened with Castro

right where if you would if you were not

on board with things if you’re not on

board with things then you’re in trouble

and even your closest relatives might

turn on you and snitch on you so that’s

what judy is about at this time and then

Jesus gives the principle down here in

verse 32 that we’ve talked a little bit

about before it’s kind of like this


rural we have the golden rule and we

discussed previously what we might call

the Platinum rule which is something

that is not to our fellow man but

something that has or we have a

relationship with God and correspondence

with God rewards through God he says

here whosoever their felt therefore

shall confess me before men right so in

this environment regardless if you stand

up for me

him will I confess also before my father

which is in heaven so again it’s up to

us first to have the courage to stand up

for our values to stand up for the

values that Jesus Christ is going over

here and to hold them not just in our

minds that this is what we believe in

etcetera but to actually live it in

front of other people regardless of what

they might say and if we do if we do

that then he in return reciprocation

will go up the chain for us so we go up

to Christ professing hid confessing his

name standing by him and then he goes up

the chain and he talks to the Father and

he is then our advocate for him for the

father and that is another part of this

fluid hierarchy that we’ll talk about

and he follows that up in verse 34

saying think not that I am come to send

peace on earth now he’s the Prince of

Peace so what is he saying

he’s the Prince of Peace well in order

to get there in order to get to a

position of peace you’re going to have

to go through some problems and he says

I came not to send peace right that’s

where he wants us all to get but because

of the environment that he is coming

into here has is his job is not to be

peaceful right that’s not that’s not

what he’s doing his words are going to

be a massive disruption to Judah and to

those in power so he says I came not to

send peace but a sword so I think of the

imagery of the sword

right there’s a couple of things that we

can look at one would be the cherubim

with a flaming sword what does that

sword represent what did the cherubim

represent they represent justice so he’s

coming down with justice being laid on

the current society and the way that

they are living and what is being taught

and how the people are being enslaved

and frauded out of their existence

through a theological and ideological

sovereign over them tyrant over them and

bringing the truth into an environment

where fraud and deception and force are

the rule of the day is like a sword

coming in right it’s going to cut those

that are living by those things and then

down toward the bottom of the chapter

here Jesus says to his disciples again

something that has to go with that fluid

hierarchy and that Platinum rule he says

in verse 40 he that receiveth you being

the disciples receiveth me and he that

receiveth me receiveth him that sent me

or the father so we get again this

hierarchy this operation of proxy that

comes originally from the father down to

the son and then down to the disciples

of the Apostles and then down to others

eventually to others the seventy and

others and then eventually down to

everybody else and so this is kind of a

structure of the church where there is

this fluid hierarchy and this priesthood

of proxy that is given to us all the way

from the Father and Jesus gives us this

principle as he calls here in this

chapter he calls the Apostles and sends

them out to preach the gospel all right

then we move over to chapter 11 and here

in chapter 11 as the Apostles have been

called Jesus then transitions sends them

out and he then goes out and preaches on

his own as well going throughout the

cities mostly in Galilee and John the

Baptist hears about the

now John is now in prison and so he

sends two of his disciples out to find

out more about what Jesus is doing and

Jesus tells the disciples hey down here

in verse five verse chapter eleven the

plan received their sight and the lame

walk the lepers are cleansed and the

Deaf hear and the dead are raised up and

the poor have the gospel preached to

them so he is the Messiah that’s what he

is saying yes I am the Messiah these are

the things that I am doing I am bringing

the kingdom of God here through these

acts and I am the healer and I am he who

the prophets have prophesied of because

this is what they had prophesied of so

that’s what he’s saying to these

disciples to carry back as a message to

John the Baptist and then Jesus speaks

of the disciples of all of those that

were followers of John the Baptist

saying you know who is it that you’ve

gone to see and he says that John there

is no greater prophet than John the

Baptist and yet and yet and here’s

another insert by the authors here about

the higher and the lower law that we

oftentimes discuss and yet he says in

verse 11 verily I say unto you among

them that are born of women there hath

not risen a greater than John the

Baptist notwithstanding this is a point

in a lesson that he is giving

notwithstanding he that is least in the

kingdom of heaven is greater than he

what does that mean well again look at

the kingdom the kingdom of heaven as a

Melchizedek reference and he’s not

saying that John is not worthy of the

kingdom of heaven

certainly what he’s doing here if this

was maybe translated just a little bit

differently but what he is pointing out

here in this principal is that John

represents the Aaronic law and

regardless if somebody else is put out

as a Melchizedek priest or given the

ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood

in the temple they are greater than John

and what John represents because John

only represents the ironic priesthood

and so it’s a lesson that Jesus is

putting forth about the higher in the

lower law he’s incredible he John is the

greatest of prophets but he is not as

great as the least of those with a mock

ascetic priesthood very important point

that he makes here as he is bringing the

Melchizedek Priesthood out from the

darkness and into the light and then in

verse 12 a very important principle as

well here and from the days of John the

Baptist he says until now so matter of

yours the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth

violence so again this is a reference to

what is probably happening to some of

the disciples when I say disciples out I

mean just the twelve I mean everybody

some of the followers of John the

Baptist and some of the followers of

Jesus that they are probably being

persecuted quite a bit he says now the

Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and

the violence and the violent take it by

force isn’t this an interesting

principle that whenever truth comes

through somewhere it seems that there is

certainly there is manipulation

certainly there is influence to try and

push it off by those that don’t want it

but ultimately given time it seems that

the truth is going to win out and so

what do those who don’t want the truth

do they resort to force and we can see

that in all examples I give the examples

of some of the regimes in the 20th

century they gain their power by force

and by violence ultimately that’s how

you have to do it think of just how and

by the way this happened in in some of

Christian history as well this certainly

happened it happened coming into the

Americas it happened in a lot of these

instances but and there’s probably you

could say some ideological possession

going on there even within Christianity

but think about how the Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints operates

the church operates in a way that almost

exclusively converts are gained one by

one you’ll have every once in a while an

example of some village in South America

that converts but for the most part

souls are converted through love they

are converted through teaching they’re

converted through the spirit and it’s

almost exclusively a one-on-one basis

that to me is something very special

and something that get rings very true

to me as to how the truth would work it

might take a lot longer than then

otherwise you’d want for your goals but

it works on an individual basis begin we

in that sense we are we are giving a an

enormous amount of respect to free

agency and an enormous amount of respect

to individuals and their choice and

having them actually convert internally

because they want to and it doesn’t

always happen that way

of course nothing is perfect but that is

for the most part how the church

operates in trying to get the message of

the gospel out through the missionaries

and through member missionaries etc and

then after praising John the Baptist but

making sure he distinguishes between the

higher and the lower laws and the higher

in the lower priesthoods he follows that

up with this comment about the elias in

verse 14 then he says and if ye will

receive it this is Elias which was for

to come now in the Joseph Smith

translation if we go back to this it

reads like this and if he will receive

it verily he was the Elias making it

more specific he was the Elias who was

four to come and prepare all things now

you’ve listened to my previous episodes

especially going back to the first

episode that I did about John the

Baptist in the come follow me series

you’ll know about the preparing of the

preparing of the way that John’s role

fulfilled and how important that is here

Jesus calls him the Elias which is

interesting there is a doctrine that

Joseph Smith had discussed for a number

of years before his death but that he

had not finalized he had been thinking

about this he had been praying about it

he had been receiving revelation on this

but he had not really delved in to make

this concrete that that by the time of

his death but we hear about the Spirit

of Elias right which is the preparer so

John the Baptist is the preparer there

is always something that comes

beforehand to prepare the way for who

actually it’s for the spirit of Elijah

we think of the spirit of Elijah and the

terms of the temple but that is only a

small portion of what that means we’ve

kind of used that as kind of a

catchphrase to rally us around doing

temple work and good for us that’s

great but the spirit of Elijah has more

to do with the Melchizedek Priesthood as

a whole of course which is centered and

sourced by the temple so the spirit of

Elijah is the one that actually will

come in other words Jesus here is the

Elijah and John is the Elias now

interestingly enough Elias is just the

Greek version of Elijah so it’s the same

word it’s the same person so there’s a

lot there to work with that is a little

bit confusing but there’s no question

that Joseph Smith had separated this

Greek version of the name being Elias

that the preparer the forerunner and

then Elijah who would be Christ

and a representative of the Melchizedek

priesthood so as we’ve discussed the

higher and the lower law here Joseph

Smith is solidifying that even more and

unfortunately he didn’t get to put this

all pen this all down and make it

concrete but he’s in the midst of doing

this at his death where he has Elias as

the lower law the forerunner and Elijah

as the higher law the Moluccas Adak law

that he had in place and he’s to the

spirit of Elias the spirit of Elijah and

how those two things worked and how they

worked together and had and relied upon

each other so the spirit of Elias and

the spirit of Elijah are really

representations of the higher and the

lower law and then Matthew finishes off

here in the end of chapter 11 with the

following two verses and a metaphor

he says in verse 29 take my yoke upon

you and you think of yoke what that is

is you know it is the harness basically

that you would put over for example in

ox or and really over the oxen so let’s

say that there are oxen one by you know

next to each other two of them and you

would put the yoke over both of them

it’s one piece typically that you would

put over both of them and I always have

the hardest time understanding this

principle because he says this he says

take my yoke upon you and learn of me

for I am meek and lowly in heart is an

interesting that he’s saying this I am

meek and lowly in heart as we said

previously this might be that he’s

obedient or he’s a covenant keeper and

lowly in heart in contrast to all of

these words about force and violence and

snitching on other people he’s saying no

that’s not how this works this is this

is this is how it should work let me

give you an example of a yoke and how

that works right that’s what he’s doing

saying take my yoke upon you and learn

of me I am meek and lowly in heart and

ye shall find rest unto your souls I

used to think well how is that

your yoke is pretty difficult I would

think right I mean you end up getting

crucified literally crucified and

suffering and spit upon and everything

you can imagine shamed beyond belief so

how is it the taking the yoke of Christ

upon us is something where we would find

rusted our souls I always had a hard

time with that because he says here in

verse 30 confirming what I just said he

says for my yoke is easy my yoke is easy

and my burden is light and the more I’ve

thought about this my take on this is

now that what I believe is that again

those oxen are side by side and if

there’s one oxen and one auction that is

Christ and that harness that goes over

to people if you’re under that with him

so that you’re relying on his strength

pushing forward to plow for example then

his yoke is light because he’s carried

all the weight and therefore if we can

rely on him then that makes things

easier for us and gives us rust to our

to our souls and makes our burden

lighter because we have put and do put

and can put our burden on his back and

on his side of the yoke I’ll talk to you

next time

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  1. I really love what I am learning from this podcast. Do you have a written copy available?
    Thank you for helping me to understand the New Testament better.
    Marie Boblett

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