Today’s passage: Luke 9:1-17
- The disciples are sent out to do what they were discipled to do. Their ministry and scope would expand in the not too distant future (Acts 1:8).
- The disciples were to go with nothing and to continue with nothing from town to town. Even though they could actually heal people, they were not to profit materially or become wealthy from their ministry.
- Staying in the same house while in town gave evidence to their selfless intent. Other teachers would moved house to house through a town to extract as much as they could in those days…(Nothing new under the sun).
- Shaking the dust off of your feet came from a Jewish practice when they would leave Gentile areas. It was used to signify “shaking off” all the paganism and all that could “contaminate” them. For the disciples to shake the dust off as they left a Jewish town was an incredibly strong statement. When the Jews rejected their own Messiah, His disciples shook the dust off.
Questions to consider:
- If the apostles (Including Paul) had healed so many people at the beginning of their ministry after Pentecost, and then if Paul did not heal people like Trophimus in 2 Timothy 4:20 toward the end of the New Testament period, what can we see happening with healings (The frequency thereof) even in the course of the writing of the New Testament? Were they increasing, consistent, or decreasing? Should it alarm us if we see people trying to use Luke 9:1-2 as a ministry model today (Especially if they have accrued wealth as a result)?
- Of all the suggestions made to Herod, who didn’t anyone say that Jesus was? What was the answer to Herod’s question in verse 9?
- What did the Jews want from Jesus after he fed them all (John 6:25-34)? What did Jesus offer them instead?