Jesus is about to send His disciples out to proclaim the Kingdom and He has given them unprecedented authority. Yet He has insisted that they take nothing along to help them, no money, no food or supplies, and He told them they are to be depending on the generosity of strangers for their sustenance. That may sound a little rough to us, but now He tells them the hardships they are likely to encounter, and in doing so, He speaks of an age to come, an age of battles and violence… the age we live in. As He tells the disciples of the hardships they will face, He might even remind us of the book of Revelation.
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (10:16)
The disciples will encounter more than just those…
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