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Q. In Luke 9:1–6, Jesus told His followers not to take various necessities with them when they went out to minister. Why did He instruct differently in Luke 22:35–38?

A. The difference is time and circumstances. When the disciples went out during Jesus’ earthly ministry, they were to depend on the Lord and on hospitality from others (Mark 6:6–13). But after Jesus left them, they would be exposed to situations that would require providing for themselves essentials such as money, food, and so forth.

This article appeared in the “Q & A” column of the Baptist Bulletin by Norman A. Olson. 

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