Words not received or heard, Shake off the dust from your feet; Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves; Not one of the sparrows falls apart from the Father’s will; Very hairs are all numbered

Matthew 10:11-15, 16, 29-31

“Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.

And when you go into a household, greet it.

If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

If anyone does not welcome us or listen to our message of the gospel, we should leave that house or town or city and shake the dust of it off our feet in contempt, breaking all ties.

We should be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves, having no self-serving agenda.

Not even one of the sparrows falls to the ground apart from our Father’s will.

Even the very hairs of our head are all numbered because the Father is sovereign and has complete knowledge.

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