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Shake off the dust

Ok, the progression of belief as we get deeper and deeper into the Gospels, is getting a little scary.  Up to this point (the first 9 chapters of M,M ,L and J), the benefits of belief or consequences of unbelief have applied to individuals or small groups of people.  For instance, the woman who touched Jesus robe, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”(Mk 5:32).  The small group:  “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic…” (Mk 2:5) The circumference is escalating as we take a look at Luke 10.

In this chapter, Jesus makes it pretty clear that there will be serious consequences for any family or town that does not believe.  “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.” (v.5)  Jesus then takes it a step further, “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you.”

Not quite sure what that says to us today living in homes, cities and town in our country, but it doesn’t sound too good.   Jesus seems to be saying to his disciples that if people in a home or town or city do not believe, then they will be left to do life on their own, apart from God.  I guess the questions for me are: does my household believe, does my city or town or community believe?

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