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Luke 9:1-17

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I travel a lot and I'd never intentionally leave on a trip with no bag, no money and no extra clothes. Yet, that's the exact instructions Jesus gives to the disciples when He sends them out to "proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal" (Luke 9:1-6). Think about that. Jesus' instructions had to be a little unsettling, even scary, for the disciples. Even so, they responded in obedience. They literally lived out their trust in Jesus.

So what did you learn from Luke 9:1-6 about trusting God and responding to His call to action (whatever that may be)? What about from verses 10-17? How are you living out your trust in Jesus? Tami W.

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We are part of the priesthood of all believers.
responding to His call to action, we should leave WORLDLY WISDOM and arguments. No baggage, no evolution, no born hypersexual follies. Preach Christ crucified and Him risen.

Look at all the false jesus-doctrine Herod and his lost cronies came up with concerning "who Jesus was" (Is).

What about from verses 10-17?
Jesus provided for 5000 with a family lunch picnic basket .
We think we need worldly supplies to go and do His witnessing, yet He is always The Provider, never us.

Important note:

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Luke 9:5
.5And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."

Jesus displays a foreshadow of the coming Judgment

When His testimony is refused,
shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."

Grace and Peace

I think Jesus was saying I am the Truth, and thats all you will need to tell them about me. I have a vegetable garden and I give some of the widows around where I live fresh vegetables from my garden, and that really shows the love of Christ, but really, its not the vegetables that do it. It is the TRUTH, the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. The other thing is sometimes when we have nothing, we have nothing else to do but to rely on HIM!

its just another example of how jesus is always their for us taking care of our needs we just have to trust and have faith.As far as living out my trust in him I try and follow his direction in my life its not always easy but I know he is with me the entire way.

Jesus instructions for ministry are interesting when you consider how we prepare for ministry today. But Jesus sent them out with what was needed for their journey - HE gave them power & authority over all demons & to cure diseases & He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God & to heal. Then Jesus told them what they would NOT need. Verse 8 tells me that the disciples were obedient to Jesus instruction, "And they departed and went through the villages preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."

Our focus is often on secondary matters and we forget or neglect the primary - the essentials sometimes get lost and we forget Jesus' mission & instructions to us.

Vs. 10-17 show Jesus listening to the disciples report about their mission trip. And - Jesus demonstrated to them His power as He spoke to the crowds of the Kingdom of God; He healed people of their diseases. The day was almost gone and now the crowd was hungry. Jesus instructed the disciples to give the people something to eat (over 5,000). With five loaves & 2 fish they insisted it couldn't be done. Jesus blessed the bread & fish and they were multiplied before the disciples eyes & amazingly there were leftovers.

God will equip us for ministry. I need to remember this: for any ministry to be successful it must be done God's way/the Bible way. He will provide for His children. Like the disciples, we can and will see the Lord do great things!

Have a good day, dear friends!

This is a good time to ask yourself the following questions? Do I trust God? Do I believe His promises? Do I trust Him for His provision and care? Do I worry often about having too little? Do I seek first "His kingdom and His righteousness"? And now the real question, Will I trust God completely for everything?

Jesus wanted the disciples to do trust him to meet all their needs, he's wanting us to do the same.

Have A Christ Centered Day!

Deborah

Jesus was preparing His disciples for His ministry and likewise His Word is there to prepare us for His Ministry. He is telling us not to concern ourselves about worldly things or trials we must concentrate on the things that are of God. When we heed His Word we have nothing to worry about.

In Isaiah 41:10 the LORD said, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." KJV

So let's not worry about anything but trust and believe Him, our Creator and Maker. Let's not forget to obey and do our "own thing" and give Him thanks and praise every day.

Thanks for sharing all the comments.

The passage on the whole is an illustration of God supplying all we need to do His work. The disciples were instructed to trust that God would supply the temporal necessities without prior planning. Their obedience led to a successful campaign. Then, to illustrate the greatness of His provision, He feeds a massive crowd with five loaves and two fish, with twelve baskets of leftovers.

I do find two other points of interest worth noting:

--Later in the book, in Luke 22:35-36, He gives the instruction to make those temporal provisions for themselves, having established the heart knowledge that God is the one providing it, not themselves.

--The feeding of the 5000 is the only one of Jesus' miracles to be recorded in all four gospels--which indicates to me that 1) this had a significant impact on Jesus' followers, 2) it's got very significant meaning for us.

Thanks again you all! I wish we could all hang out in a room together and talk about Jesus. I know we are now, but I mean face to face. OH yea, we will one day. How cool is that revelation? Ann

One time Jesus sent them out with, and one time He sent them out without. The lesson, obey in season and out of season for truly He is the source of our supply and the grace giver to enable us to become content as Paul was when he said I have learned to be content in all circumstances.

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