Summoning the Twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Take nothing for the road,” he told them, “no staff, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. If they do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.
Luke 9:1-6 CSB
Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
The disciples had traveled with Jesus and watched Him minister to people, meeting physical as well as spiritual need. They had learned from the best, and now it was time for them to put it into practice, preaching and healing as He did.
“Take nothing for the road,” he told them, “no staff, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt.“
Simplicity was key. Jesus wanted the disciples to know they could depend on God for what they needed; there would be people who were ready to believe, and who would share what they had with them. This also taught them selflessness, since they would not be buying what they required, but would eat whatever was provided. He did not want them focused on themselves, or what they wore, since they took no change of clothes. It was evidently a relatively short trip, for the same reason.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
There would be people interested in the gospel message who would invite them to stay in their homes. They were to invest time and effort with these people, building relationships. This would also preclude hopping from one house to another, as they might find “a better offer”. It was not about comfort or prestige, but about the gospel. Nothing was to distract them from this.
If they do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
This was the practice of pious Jews at that time, when they passed through Gentile cities, to show that they rejected foreign ways. Its meaning would be understood when the disciples shook the dust from their feet. It was a rebuke of those who would reject the message that God had sent their long-awaited Messiah, and His name was Yeshua!
The message of the gospel is so simple a child may understand it. In a nutshell, it is this:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
John 3:16-18 NLT
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