He sent them forth (apesteilen autou). First aorist active indicative of apostellw. To preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (khrussein thn basileian tou qeou kai iasqai). Present indicative for the continuous functions during this campaign. This double office of herald (khrussein) and healer (iasqai) is stated directly in Matthew 10:7-8 . Note the verb iaomai for healing here, though qerapeuein in verse Matthew 1 , apparently used interchangeably.