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Daily Bible Reading: Luke 8-9, Psalm 93

Luke 8:10-15 (NKJV) And He said, “To you, it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest, it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Luke 9:2 (NKJV) He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

The Sending Of The Twelve (9:1-6)(Matt. 10:5-15; Mark 6:7-13)9:1-6. Jesus gave the Twelve two assignments on the mission to which He sent them. They were to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. They were able to carry out that mission because Jesus gave them power (dynamin, “spiritual ability”; cf. 4:14, 36; 5:17; 6:19; 8:46) and authority (exousian, “the right to exercise the power”) over the demonic realm and the physical realm of diseases. Jesus had just shown His power over both of these realms (8:26-56). Their healing ministry was to authenticate their preaching ministry. The fact that the Twelve healed in Jesus’ authority and power showed that He was the Messiah who could bring in the kingdom. Therefore it was necessary that people believe the Twelve. People would evidence their belief in the Twelve—and thus in the Messiah—by showing hospitality to these men who were ministering in Jesus’ authority.

This helps explain Jesus’ rather strange instructions (9:3-5) concerning a method of their ministry. The mission was not to belong —they came back to report to Jesus (v. 10). Why were the Twelve not to take supplies or money with them? This was because of the brevity of their mission and also because people’s reactions to them would indicate whether or not the nation was accepting Jesus’ claim as the Messiah. People who believed the message and the messianic healings would be glad to share with the Twelve. People who did not believe would be judged (vv. 4-5). If a town rejected the Twelve the latter was to shake the town’s dust off their feet. When Jews returned home from a Gentile country, they would shake the dust off their feet to signify their breaking ties with the Gentiles. In this way, the Twelve signified that certain Jewish townspeople were like Gentiles who would not listen or believe. Jesus was thus giving the entire area opportunity to believe His message and mission. Luke stated that the Twelve went… everywhere, presumably everywhere in the Galilean region rather than everywhere in the nation.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.

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