February 6, 2023
7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Many people, immature in their understanding, seem to believe in a saccharin Jesus – like He’s some kind of hippy-dippy flower child. Not so, as verse 11 clearly displays. Read also the letters to the churches in Revelation – He’s not handing out flowers there, either.
Jesus is GodMan – fully God and fully man and He’s about His Father’s business always. As gentle and loving as we know Him to be – He’s also King of the Archangels and we wouldn’t want to mess around with any of them. He is masculine – not some sort of weak-kneed ‘feel good’ character. I embrace Him in all that He is. KING of kings and LORD of Lords. Emmanuel – God with us. But please don’t conflate Him with some namby-pamby ‘do gooder’. This is He Who changed the world forever.
2 thoughts on “St. Mark 6: 7 – 13”
The advice Jesus gives to His disciples applies to followers today. We can share the word, only the Holy Spirit can change the minds of people. We pray God use us for His purpose.
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Agreed. But I think we also need to be wary of casting pearls before swine.
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