one staff or two?


Question: How can Jesus command to take one staff one time, and in another Gospel command to take none? How can Jesus command to wear shoes, and not wear shoes? etc.

Matthew 10:10 says, “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purse, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves.”

Mark 6:8,9 ”And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals.”

Luke 9:3 ”And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.”

There are three verses dealing with the same instruction, yet in 3 different Gospels, written by three different individuals. First Matthew, who was one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus. He and Luke reports Jesus as saying take no shoes or staves. To assume that Jesus was saying to go barefoot is silly. He was instructing His disciples to not carry extra items, such as a purse, money, two coats, food, etc. They will not need this extra burden. He is wanting them to travel unencumbered. Lots of worry will cause a man to carry too much, be too burdened, and weary too quickly. Jesus wanted to teach His disciples that God can and will provide for those Jesus sends out. No need to take such extra provisions, etc. God will provide all you need.

It wasn’t uncommon to have an extra pair of sandals, maybe an extra coat, and a couple staves. If His disciples were wearing shoes, he wasn’t saying take them off. That is just a silly idea. If His disciples had a staff, Jesus said don’t take another. There is no command to not take a staff. Notice staves and shoes and coats and all the rest, are in the plural. This is an important point not to miss.

When one is only seeking for a fault, these little things are usually missed. This is the instruction of the Master recorded by 3 different writers. It isn’t hard to understand. There is nothing complicated about this. These three examples are a wonderful examples of the Wisdom of God. Where you have one writer thinking of things, such as gold, silver, a purse, along with other items, wouldn’t you know it was Matthew. If you had read the Gospels, you’d know the history of Matthew, and understand why he focused on these items. Each writer had his own particulars in mind. But all say the same thing. There is no mystery here in these verses.

B’shem Yeshua

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