“If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it.” – Matthew 10:13 (Mark 6:7-13) (Matthew 10:1-15)
Tha Son went from village ter village teaching.
Then one day he called tha Twelve ter him and gave ’em authority over evil, unclean spirits, power ter anoint tha sick and heal, and told ’em ter, “Go to the lost sheep of Israel and preach the good news that folks should repent. Tell them the Kingdom of God is near.”
Only be fer he sent ’em out tha Son said ter tha Twelve, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it. If it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”
Think on this a wee little bit: Sodom and Gomorrah ‘ill receive more grace than them who hear Skipper’s good news and reject it. But ya may ask, “If God condemned Sodom and Gomorrah by burning ’em ter ashes, and made ’em an example of what be going ter happen ter tha ungodly, where’s tha grace in that?”
Fer ten righteous folks he would ‘ave spared Sodom and Gomorrah. We don’ know how many folks lived in them two cities at tha time but some have speculated that on the low side it might ‘ave been twenty thousand. If Skipper whar willing ter spare them two cities if only .0005% of folks be found righteous, that be a right fair amount of grace.
Tha Son seems ter be saying that when tha Twelve went out whole villages would turn thar noses up at tha good news message and call ter repent. If folks behaved in such a manner back then, they ‘ill do so now and fer ever more. But that be no excuse fer not sharing tha good spiel. In fact we be commanded ter do so.
So make it yer task ter preach, anoint, heal, and cast out filth. Ya ne’er know when and whar ya might find ten folks willing ter accept Skip’s good spiel. And if ya do, ya might save a whole village of folks.