What? Jesus is sending His disciples away? You’d think after they were mean to him in his own hometown of Nazareth that He’d want to keep his disciples close by for support.
What do you mean, you want me to listen to a story? Jesus is all alone now. Where’s the story?
What do you mean, Jesus is never alone?
Okay, I’ll listen.
Jesus called his twelve disciples to Him and He gave them power and authority to drive out demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
You mean now the disciples could do all that miracle stuff that Jesus did?
You mean they can get me some fish?
But what would they need Jesus for if they could do it themselves?
They needed His authority? I don’t get it.
Jesus told the disciples to take nothing for the journey – no bag, no bread, no money, and no extra tunic.
How are they going to eat? I’m getting hungry thinking about it.
I don’t need that stuff they’re leaving behind because you feed me, but what about them? You’re not going to feed them too, are you?
I am listening.
Jesus told the disciples that the worker is worth his keep. When they entered a town or village they were to find a worthy person and stay at his house until they left that place.
Now I get it. They would go heal people and preach about God so someone would feed them because they were doing that.
But what happens if they can’t find anyone to do that? Would they be like stray dogs then?
Jesus said that if the people didn’t welcome them they were to shake the dust off their feet when they left as a testimony against them.
Shake the dust off their feet? Is that kind of like when I kick up dust to cover my business?