(Luke 9:3 KJV) And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.And He repeated it in the next chapter when He sent out seventy.
(Luke 10:4 KJV) Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.Most people who broadcast those verses will not mention what Jesus said at the end of His ministry, just before the crucifixion.
(Luke 22:35-36 KJV) And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.The situation changed. The instructions changed. The basic principles were the same. They still had two cheeks but now they also had a sword. Interesting. Complicated. I don’t think the swords were just for opening letters. And keep in mind that in the spirit of modern liberals the Romans had assault-sword bans that prohibited the possession of swords by non-Romans. If you are going to ban swords based on chapters 9 and 10 then you will also need to ban cash, shoes food and an extra coat.
Then consider the often repeated call to reprove and rebuke. In fact, one of the spiritual gifts, exhortation, involves those as well and encouraging. How can you correct someone if all you do is turn the other cheek?
I don’t ask these questions as someone who is constantly getting into fights to defend my honor but as someone who is constantly biting my tongue and walking away.
To be continued...
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