“See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.”
Wow. Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat this, does he?
He could have said, “Oh, don’t worry. It will all be fine. Totally fine. Your got this. It’ll be great, trust me!”
But, no. He just tells it like it is. When you go out into the world you’re going to be like the defenseless little lambs, and there are ravenous wolves all around you who are ready to rip you apart.
Now, “Have fun storming the castle!”
But, here’s the thing… the message that he sent the disciples out with was the answer to all their own fears: “The Kingdom of God has come near.”
The reality is that the world is a tough place. It’s an especially tough place for people who seek to live with grace, faith, forgiveness, and peace. The world can chew us up and spit us out.
But, in the end, it’s ok, because the Kingdom of God is near. It’s close. It’s nearby. It’s around the corner. It’s just on the other side. It’s above you, below you, and within you.
Knowing that, all of a sudden the wolves don’t look as scary.
An Interesting bit:
When Jesus tells his disciples to enter a house and “eat whatever is set before you,” that would have been a stunning statement in his day. All of his disciples were Jews who kept Kosher. What he’s saying here, is that when they receive hospitality from strangers, they are to accept them as they are, even if it means breaking their kosher diet.