SHAKE OFF THE DUST
Matthew 10.After authorizing his disciples to drive out evil spirits and heal disease and sickness, Jesus instructed them thus:
‘Go gather the lost sheep and preach of the kingdom of heaven being near. So heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy and drive out demons. Freely you have received so freely give. Leave behind any bags for the journey, no extra tunic or sandals nor a staff. Search out and stay at the house of a worthy person. As you enter, greet and let your peace rest on it. If anyone not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet and leave the home and the town.’
This the disciples did but it must have been in hardship, rejection and poverty and yet they persevered in honor of Jesus. They would have encountered much opposition yet continued on in obedience and trust.
In verse 26, the disciples were told, ‘What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight what I whisper in your ears. (v.28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Be afraid of the ones who kill both. Allow nothing or no one to separate your relationship with your Lord.’So here we have these loyal men sent out without possessions but with powers from Jesus to heal and do the Lord’s miracles, yet to move on and shake the dust should the people not receive God’s words or deeds.was also the task of reminding folk of the differences of forsaking body and soul.
Again, our Savior reminds us in this chapter that our ultimate relationship must be with him and to prevent anything or anyone else stopping that. Some harsh truths are in this passage but such that we are rewarded always with his unfailing love and compassion. He accepts us just as we are. We may not have the strength of the disciples but we have access to prayerful requests to try to be worthy.
Hear the word of the Lord.