Instructions to the Twelve
Out the 12 )
Bible Study Lessons from
the Book of Mark 6:7-13
When Jesus prepared the
to go and spread the good news He gave them
specific instructions as to how to go about it.
He told them to leave behind
all they had and to "shake the dust off the
soles" of their feet when rejected.
When we talk
about Christ, this is
a good example for us.
Disciples Go, Two By Two
And He summoned the
twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and
gave them authority over the unclean spirits;
and He instructed them that they should take
nothing for their journey, except a mere
staffno bread, no bag, no money in their
belt but to wear sandals; and He added,
Do not put on two tunics.
And He said to them,
Wherever you enter a house, stay there
until you leave town.
Any place that does not
receive you or listen to you, as you go out from
there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet
for a testimony against them.
They went out and preached
that men should repent.
And they were casting out
many demons and were anointing with oil many
sick people and healing them. -
Disciples Start a Ministry
I remember way back when I
worked in an outside sales job. Much of the time I
had to work alone but from time to time we would
pair up and two people would go out together.
This made the job a bit
easier because we could talk in between calls,
encourage each other when we failed which allowed
us more tolerance for rejection.
Jesus knew this so He divided
the disciples into pairs for strength, courage and
support. Although these things come from God, He
doesn't expect us to go by ourselves. He gives us
each other to lean on when needed.
Needs a Friend
I have Christian friends I
can count on whenever I need help or just to share
anything happening in my life. I also like to think
I can be a friend to them when they need me.
This is Christ's plan for us;
not only to share His offer with others in the
world but to be there for each other.
Jesus instructed the
disciples to take nothing with them on their
journey. He knew they would be provided for. This
put them totally dependent upon God for their
The instruction of shaking
off the dust is related to a tradition of the
Jewish people separating themselves from those who
rejected the message of Christ.
All the disciples could do on
their mission was present the good news about Jesus
to the people.
The 12 did not have power to
force the listeners to believe it. The response was
totally up to the people as to how they received
The same is true of us. When
we share the story
of Christ with other
people, they can do one of two things. They can
either consider what we tell them or they can
reject the message all together.
We can present the message
(and the love of Christ) to others but we
make them accept it. God can do anything but He
does not force people to believe or receive - some
This is when we have to
"shake the dust off the soles" of our shoes and
Our job is to tell people
about Jesus and what He has done for us.
We can't save anyone. Only
God can do that.
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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