In Mark 6: 7-13 Jesus sends out the disciples on a mission trip and it’s interesting what He gives for instructions. Don’t take:
- a bag
- a second tunic
Take nothing except a staff, sandals, and a partner. Why such strange instructions? It appears that the premise was, travel light. A second tunic would be a luxury that the disciples couldn’t afford. They were on a desperate rescue mission.
They were to shake the dust off their shoes as a testimony against their own people! This symbolic rebuke was usually saved for heathen nations; a harsh indictment for any who would not hear this message.
No food and no money meant no recreation while they were out. On the first night they would have to be someone’s guest or they would go hungry. I guess Jesus didn’t intend for them to spend any time together considering the mission they were sent on. There was to be no committee meetings, no fellowship gatherings, just dive right in! Continue reading