“And into whatever town or village you go, inquire who in it is deserving and stay there until you leave. As you go into the house, give your greetings and wish it well. Then if indeed that house is deserving, let come upon it your peace, that is freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin. But if it is not deserving, let your peace return to you.” Matthew 10:11-13 Amplified
We continue in our study of Jesus as He instructs His disciples before sending them out into the area to the people. Now He tells them in today’s verse to go to peoples homes who are deserving. The Mirriam Webster dictionary defines deserving as someone who merits praise. So what did these individuals do to deserve praise? Later in this chapter Jesus tells the disciples to be on guard against those who oppose God. So that would define those who are deserving as those who are FOR God. You can usually go where any group of people gather and quickly find out who the people are that stand out in opposition to God or their defense for Him. Our verse today says when they got to a town they would ask around to find out who the people were who were for God or acted in a godly way. If someone was opposed to God they certainly wouldn’t have faith in Him or believe He could heal anyone anyway.
I love the part of the verse that says “let come upon it your peace, that is freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin.” Have you ever heard of anyone not suffering distresses as a result of sin? A sinful lifestyle is so distressing. Interestingly the Mirriam Webster dictionary states that the word Dis is the Roman name for the god of the underworld! Think about all the disses you know – disease, disaster, disappoint, distract, dismember. I can’t think of a positive word that contains dis in it.
The peace that God gives us through our faith in Jesus relieves us of all the disses we know of. They may try to come in upon us every now and then, but if we keep our eyes on Jesus He will give you that peace that chases them away. So this verse tells us we can give our peace away to others who are seeking it.
Gve your greeting and wish all well, those that are happy to receive it give them your peace.