Dust of a Different Nature – Part 3

Another aspect of dust is given in three Gospels (Mt.10;Mk.6;Lu.9). Jesus sent these same twelve men out to villages with instructions to:

1) proclaim the good news

2) heal the sick

3) raise the dead

4) cleanse the lepers

5) drive out demons

Final instruction was that, if a household or village would not welcome them or listen to their preaching, the Apostles were to leave shaking the dust from their feet. This was the same instruction Jesus gave the 70 disciples (or 72) when He sent them on the same mission (Lu. 10:11). The dust of alienation was Disaffection, Unfriendliness, Separation and Turning away from the truth.

This dust became a witness or testimony against the unreceptive people. The dust acted as judgment against those who would not receive Jesus’ representatives and His message of repentance.

The trial of Jesus began and the Dust of Judgment surfaced.

Deity of Jesus was judged through attack and mockery:

~guards blindfolded Him, hit Him and said, “Prophesy! Who hit You?” (Lu. 22:63)

~rulers refused to believe that He was the Son of God (Lu. 22:70; Jn. 19:7)

~band of soldiers kneeled and mockingly paid homage to the King of the Jews (Mt. 27:29)

~spit on Him and slapped Him (Mk. 14:65)

~crown of thorns smashed into His head (Jn. 19:2)

Unsubstantiated charges judged His words:

~accused of forbidding the paying of taxes to Caesar and perverting the nation (Lu. 23:2)

~charged with stirring up the people (Lu. 23:5)

~called a blasphemer by the high priest when Jesus told the Jewish leaders that they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God and coming in the clouds (Mk. 14:62-64)

Shameful thinking judged His worth:

~Barabbas, a robber (Jn. 18:40), a murderer (Lu. 23:19, and an insurrectionist (Mk. 15:7) was deemed more worthy of freedom than Jesus

~the price paid to Judas for his betrayal of Jesus was the worth of a slave (Ex. 21:32)

Truth judged by tradition and falsehood:

~the chief priests who should have been knowledgeable of God’s word said, “We have no king but Caesar.”

~”I am innocent of this Man’s blood,” Pilate said as he turned Jesus over to the Jews for crucifixion. Only Roman law had the right to condemn a person to death (Jn. 18:31). Without Pilate’s permission, Jesus would not have been crucified. Symbolic washing of his hands did not change Pilate’s position.

~when Peter was accused of being with Jesus, three times he vehemently denied it. “I don’t know the man!” (Mt. 26:74)

Jesus walked with His cross to Golgotha. Carried on His feet were the Dust of Humanity and the Dust of Judgment.

Part 1 – Wash My Feet? blogged 3/18/13

Part 2 – Wash Jesus’ Feet? blogged 3/20/13

Part 4 -Crucifixion and Burial

Part 5 –Cross And Tomb