In Matt 10, we have the account of Jesus sending out the twelve with His authority. They were able to cast out demons in Jesus’ name. He sent them out two by two that they would always have each other’s back. They were told to take no provisions with them for their needs would be met by those who housed them. They went from town to town proclaiming the good news. They were to preach in the town and if the people of the town rejected them they were to shake the dust off their feet and go to the next town. This act of shaking the dust off their feet was a sign of God’s judgment. They went and preached the gospel and many people believed. Demons were cast out. This was of course an assault on the Kingdom of satan. The laying on our hands was part of the ceremony of healing even when Jesus was alive. Jesus gives authority to His disciples over demonic spirits. Jesus healed the sick as a sign of victory for the gospel message. The disciples were sent to the lost sheep of Israel and their message was the Kingdom of God is near. They healed, cast out demons and as they received so they were to give. The worker is worthy of his hire. We are to bring peace when we come into a house. To the person who rejects a Christian they shall be judged because of this rejection. We must be wise as serpents and yet harmless as doves. We will be persecuted for Jesus but the Holy Spirit will help us to know what to say. People and families are fighting among themselves right until Jesus comes. All mankind will hate us because of Jesus. Never think the world will be your friend because they will not. All who stand firm to the end will be saved.
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