devotional post # 2068
Luk 22:35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out without moneybag or backpack or sandals, did you come up short of anything?” They said, “Nothing.”
Luk 22:36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a backpack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
Luk 22:37 Because I am telling you that this Scripture must be fulfilled by me: ‘And he was numbered with the criminals.’ Because what is written about me has its fulfillment.”
Luk 22:38 And they said, “Notice, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
paradigm change in evangelism
When Jesus had previously sent his disciples out to preach the gospel, it was to audiences that considered them holy men, because of their association with Christ. But after his arrest and trial, conviction and crucifixion, his reputation would no longer automatically give them an audience. The disciples would no longer be able to assume that someone in a village or city would take them in to protect them and provide for them. They now had to provide for their own protection and provision.
LORD, when we send others to preach your word, give us the wisdom to provide the proper support for them.