2x2 Interpretation of Matthew 10:9
Mat 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles to the Jews, not gentiles at this time. The reason he told them not to take extra provisions for their journey was because he was going to provide for their needs: "The workman is worthy of his meat".
For example: If an employer said to me, "Brad, I want you to go to Chicago and sell 500 widgets. Don't take any of your money with you, extra clothing or supplies, because you'll be working and I will take care of you." I wouldn't interpret that as anyone telling me to sell anything and give it away, be poor or homeless.
Law at the Time
The law at the time in Israel was that you could go into your neighbors field and eat your fill. You could not fill up a bag of his wheat or corn, but you could eat your fill. The apostles could eat wherever they went without going hungry.
Lev 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.
Deu 23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.
Commandments of Jesus to Go Into All World
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
When Jesus sent his apostles and disciples into the whole world to preach, Jesus did not tell his apostles and disciples to go out in pairs or not make provision for themselves then. Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, worked for a living.
Act 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Act 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
1Co 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
Lie of workers
The workers teach people who want to be workers to sell everything and give it away (usually to them). They use these verses out of context to insinuate that people need to get rid of stuff (so they can have money from its sales).
My Take on How the Workers Would Rewrite This Passage
Don't take with you gold, silver, or money in your wallet, not even your wallet for your trip in the fields, nor an extra coat, or extra shoes or a walking stick: for the workers want all your money and your poverty can be used to advantage by older workers so that people will pity young workers, give them money and overseers and older workers can take it from you at conventions.
Jesus not God
No Church Buildings
No Jewelery Rule
Workers R apostles?
Above Jesus Christ
Meetings in Home
They are the Only Way
The Right Spirit
2x2 Way Changes
No Pants Rule
Must Go to Meetings
Must be 2x2
Bread and fruit of vine
Give Your Testimony
Salvation by Workers
Workers Shouldn't Work
Workers Send to Hell
Sunday AM Meetings
Way Perfect, people not
Workers not working
|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|