“Follow Me”

Just saw this in the Word…

Matthew 8:22 and Luke 9:60 seem to be recording the same incident.

  • Matthew reads: “Jesus said to him, ‘ Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.'”
  • Luke reads: “Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead.  But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.'”

Everything is essentially the same, except Matthew’s reads, “Follow me,” whereas Luke reads, “Go and proclaim the kingdom of God”.  And it seems to me that they are interpreting each other….In other words, to Jesus, “following Him” is the same as “going and proclaiming the kingdom of God”.  There is no difference between the two.

If this is the case, as it seems to be, then anyone who claims to be “following God” must be “going and proclaiming the kingdom of God”.  Because, in God’s mind, these things are one and the same.

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