Starting with last Friday, this week (Friday to Friday) is the week of retreats. As such, I decided to change things up for this week of devotions. Rather than publishing two full devotions this week, and rather than publishing two previously written devotions, I have decided to publish two scriptures and a couple of reflective questions. Read the Scripture, more than once even, and ponder the questions that are asked in regard to it. If you are reading this on lifegivingwaterdevo.org, feel free to comment with your answers and/or reflective thoughts. If you are reading this in print somewhere, or on some other site that is publishing it, then perhaps write your answers and/or reflective thoughts on paper and save them to look back upon.
Next week, I will write two brand new devotions based off of the two Scripture passages and the reflective questions being asked.
Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money–not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
- What does Jesus mean that he’s given his disciples power and authority?
- What does it meant to be “sent out” to proclaim the Kingdom of God? What is the Kingdom of God?
- Why does Jesus tell his disciples to “take nothing”, including food, for their journey?
- Why would people not accept the disciples? What does Jesus mean when he says to “shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them”?
- What do you find challenging about this passage? Why do you find it challenging?
Look for next Friday’s devotion in order to see the full devotion on Luke 9:1-5.