16th October 2018

Shake the Dust off Your Feet?

“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
Matthew 10:14 (NKJV)

In Matthew 10:5-14 Jesus sent the twelve apostles out to preach the Gospel, to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. This was practical training for his disciples or apprentices.

In verses 1-2 he told them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but not to the Gentiles. Later, after his resurrection and the sending of the Holy Spirit Jesus had made the way for all, whether male, female, Jew, Gentiles, old or young, rich or poor to come to Him (Acts 2:16-21). Paul was then sent with the Gospel message to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21).

Jesus gave a strict warning for those who didn’t receive the Apostles that He sent. In rejecting the Apostles’ words, they were rejecting Jesus. We read in Luke 10:16 that “Whoever listens to you listens to me: whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Why shake the dust off their feet? Jews returning to Israel from a foreign land shook the dust from their sandals and clothing to avoid defiling the land they considered holy. The Disciples were delivering a similar message that if people rejected the message of Jesus the Messiah, they would face the same judgement as unbelieving foreigners. This is no longer appropriate because God’s message is for all peoples, as it says in Hebrews 5:9, “he [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.”

Almighty God, we thank you for the gospel message of hope. May our hearts be always receptive to receive it. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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