The Mission: Serpents & Doves

Then Jesus called his twelve chosen witnesses together and gave them authority to expel evil spirits and to heal every disease & every sickness.  These twelve men would be sent out in pairs by Jesus, with the following instructions (77):

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Go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Tell them that God’s kingdom is open to them right now!  Restore health to the sick, even those with leprosy; restore life to the dead; and expel evil spirits.

You have been freely given God’s kingdom, so freely give God’s kingdom to others.

Don’t carry any money; don’t carry an extra shirt or shoes or a walking stick. Trust God to provide what you need for your work.

When you come to a town, find people who welcome you, and stay with them until you leave that town. Bring peace to every house in which you stay; if the people in that house welcome you, let your peace remain with them; but if they don’t welcome you, then keep your peace.

If any home or town will not welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place. On the day of judgment, God will show more mercy to the evil people of Sodom and Gomorrah, than to the people of that town.

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I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. You must be careful as serpents, and carefree as doves.

 

(77) Matthew 10:1 & 10:5-16, Mark 6:7-11, Luke 9:1-5