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Is it our duty to decide to whom the gospel should be preached? What did the apostle mean when he wrote to Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2)? Too often, it seems, one hesitates to make the mysteries of God’s kingdom known to those on the outside of His kingdom. Perhaps it is partly that we are shy and timid to confess our own faith; another reason may be that our flesh suffers at being thought of as foolish for our “childlike faith.” Should one really worry how we are viewed by the world? God has established His kingdom here on earth. He gives opportunities for His children to do His work. We must do this work in God’s way and in His time, without respect of persons.
Matthew 12:33–37 This text is a part of a long rebuke that Jesus made against the Pharisees. They had followed and openly criticized Him for allowing His disciples to pick corn on the Sabbath Day and for healing several people of their illnesses. They accused Him of doing His work through the power of Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.