Mark's Gospel

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The Mission of the Twelve

(Mark 6:7-15)

Jesus believed that his disciples should share in his mission, as he himself could not hope to fulfill the demands of all the crowds that followed him. The news of John the Baptist's death probably emphasized his sense of urgency, reminding him of the fate he knew he too, would face. Because of this, the disciples were told to conduct their campaign in haste, carrying no unnecessary equipment, relying on people's hospitality, and wasting no time on those who would not listen to their message.

They were to go in pairs. They were to take no money or food. They were to heal the sick and raise the dead. They were not to linger where they were not wanted, but to 'shake off the dust' from their feet, just as devout Jews would shake off the dust after travelling through gentile lands.

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