In our family devotions today, we went over the following passage:

"Jesus sent these twelve out, charging them, saying: Do not go into the way of the nations, and do not go into a Samaritan city. But rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And going on, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven has drawn near. Heal sick ones, cleanse lepers, raise dead ones, cast out demons. You freely received, freely give. Do not provide gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, nor provision bag for the road, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staves. For the worker is worthy of his food. And into whatever city or village you enter, search out who in it is worthy; and remain there until you go out. But entering into the house, greet it; and if the house truly is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you, nor will hear your words, having gone out of that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Truly I say to you, It will be more bearable to the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in Judgment Day than for that city." (Mat 10:5-15)

Here's something that you may not have thought about: The fact that Jesus commanded the disciples not to have any money or food or extra clothing guaranteed that the disciples would LEAVE if their doctrine was not received! Just think: If the disciples had extra clothing and food and money, they could have hung around after not being received, living on their own things, and continuing to preach the gospel after the gospel was rejected. But since they didn't have anything, then if the gospel was rejected there, they HAD to go elsewhere to a place where their message was received, or else they wouldn't have the basics of life! Interesting, eh? Quite different from the "missions" of today, isn't it? The "missionaries" are fully funded by their "sending church" and even provided with a house on the "mission field."

This also has implications for our previous conversation on casting pearls before swine.

Marc


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