“And whoever will not receive, accept, and welcome you nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or town, shake the dust of it from your feet. Truly I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” Matthew 10:14-15 Amplified
We looked yesterday at Jesus telling His disciples to go to houses and towns that were deserving, those who were seeking the Lord. Today we see Him telling them that if the opposite happens and people reject them, to shake the dust off their feet. This was literal, but also figurative. There were no paved streets or sidewalks back then, concrete didn’t exist, so when the disciples walked out of a town or house dust had collected on their feet. The figurative aspect of this is that it can weigh someone down who is trying to talk to others when they don’t listen, but you have to shake that off. We must all stand firm in our beliefs, in what the Lord wants us to do, and we cannot allow ourselves to be bogged down by unbelief.
The houses and towns we visit to day are the people around us. We might think that if someone won’t listen to us that we are defeated and let down, but listen to what Jesus says about those who are obstinate. It will be worse for them when they stand before God than it was for Sodom and Gomorrah, the town and people were destroyed by fire because of their sin. Ultimately even our loved one must stand alone in front of God.
The sin of disobedience leads to an unrepentant heart, a dusty heart, Jesus calls us to leave it there.