Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Shaking the dust off

"And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them." - Mark 6:11

As a young Christian that verse used to trouble me; how can we simply give up on those who need the gospel? Today I find the verse liberating. There is no end to the number of opportunities for proclaiming the gospel. Why should we waste what little time and energy we have on those who do not want to hear it when others are hungry for it?

The current issue Journal for the Study of the New Testament has an article by T. J. Rogers on Mark 6:7ff: "Shaking the Dust off the Markan Mission Discourse." In short, Rogers concludes "that the pericope is best understood when read in the context of ancient hospitality norms, implied in v. 10."


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