Jesus sent the disciples out to do what he had been doing; to help them get the real picture, He said, “Go without supplies, swords, tents or money.” He did that to prepare them for walking by faith. It is highly likely, that “the 12” looked at Jesus with a mixture of confusion and horror. As they considered the trip, they probably were highly concerned about making it through. In the midst of the heightened concern, Jesus follows with–“This is war, men”. He shared with them the trials they would face; the deceit, the betrayal–all in His name.
From a leadership perspective, Jesus didn’t want His guys blindsided; but, it was a horrifying idea. Here they were traveling with a “rockstar”, and now–He said,you go do it, and , oh,by the way–this is going to be war. Here were the two take away’s for His men. 1. He knew they could do it–even if they did not and, 2. He knew they had to get ready–because his time with them was short. Those men, the ones that built the early church, had visions of grandeur, palaces, chariots throngs and waving banners. Jesus wanted them to understand that that simply was not the mission.
It is still not the mission. Jesus calls us to prepare for war. He reminds us that we can do what he did! He also reminds us we can expect the same treatment he received. That is not meant to discourage us; no, it is meant to prepare us. God is in the business of preparing, protecting and providing for us. That is who he is and that is what he does. He does not sugar coat, but, he does arm and shield us for battle. We need to be ready for war–He will then protect and provide what we need to execute!
God Bless You
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!