Bible: Luke 9:1-11

The Sending of the Twelve Apostles

9:1 After 1  Jesus 2  called 3  the twelve 4  together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 5  diseases, 9:2 and he sent 6  them out to proclaim 7  the kingdom of God 8  and to heal the sick. 9  9:3 He 10  said to them, “Take nothing for your 11  journey – no staff, 12  no bag, 13  no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 14  9:4 Whatever 15  house you enter, stay there 16  until you leave the area. 17  9:5 Wherever 18  they do not receive you, 19  as you leave that town, 20  shake the dust off 21  your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 22  they departed and went throughout 23  the villages, proclaiming the good news 24  and healing people everywhere.

Herod’s Confusion about Jesus

9:7 Now Herod 25  the tetrarch 26  heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 27  because some people were saying that John 28  had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 29  had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 30  9:9 Herod said, “I had John 31  beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 32 

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

9:10 When 33  the apostles returned, 34  they told Jesus 35  everything they had done. Then 36  he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 37  called Bethsaida. 38  9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 39  welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 40  and cured those who needed healing. 41 

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