Welcome the apostles

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (Matthew 10:40, NRSV)

Here is a thought I had last week while working with this text.

It comes from reading it side-by-side with these verses earlier in the chapter.

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. (Matthew 10:14-15, NRSV)

Here is what I hear: To reject the apostles’ teaching is to reject Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “Welcome the apostles

  1.  “Let thy house be a meeting-house for the Sages and sit amid the dust of their feet and drink in their words with thirst …
    Yosi ben Yoezer of Tzeredah

    The student is covered in the ways, knowledge and wisdom of the most learned. The good rabbi teaches the truth and wisdom of God. If that teacher is not a “good teacher” the dust would not be good to be covered in.

    In the Psalms we read:
    ……. when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
    Psalms 30:9

    Shoal is described as a place full of dust and the above passage is self explanatory.
    Is there praise and truth in the dust I am covered in and/or surrounded by?

    In the passage quoted below the apostles are instructed:
    And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
    Mark 6:11

    So when the apostles enter a place to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and are not received with warm welcome they are to shake the dust under their feet.
    The apostle are presenting sound doctrine and true teaching they learned from the “good teacher” Jesus Christ. It is obvious from the passage the instruction presented by the apostles would be rejected by some and it is assumed the occupants of the homes or communities that rejected the apostles teaching cling to some other belief that is false. Those false teachings are to be left at that place as a testimony against the household. “Under the feet” gives us the visual of the stamping out false teachings. Leaving the dust or false teachings insures false teaching is not spread further.

    That is my understanding.

  2. Exactly what I read in the bible as well, John. Look at 1 John 1:3. He says there that he writes so that his audience may have fellowship with him, and that his fellowship is with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Think about the author’s implications: the apostles’ teachings and traditions are the connection between us and God. The implied corollary is that those who do not have fellowship with the apostles, because they reject their teachings, have no fellowship with God.

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