Mark 6:6-10

Mark 6:6 (KJB)
And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Here Jesus had been astonished how rampant the unbelief was in His hometown of Nazareth. I am sure that while He was growing up, He had spoken to many about the truth of the Scriptures. When He was 12 years old He had amazed the religious leaders in the temple with His knowledge. So even if He did speak to these people, it shows what spiritual blindness and being spiritually dead are. So Jesus left Nazareth and then went to a few of the surrounding villages where He taught the Gospel.

Mark 6:7 (KJB)
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

Jesus now calls to Himself the twelve disciples. They are now called “apostles” because the word in the Greek behind “to send…forth” is the word “apostolon” where we derive our word “apostle” from. Jesus had been preparing them for the time when they would go out on their own and here is the first time they are being sent by themselves, in pairs. Not only did they go forth to preach the Gospel, but Jesus even gave them power over the unclean spirits. They would be able to cast out devils from those who were possessed. This would show the people they ministered to the power of the Kingdom of God and also the fact that the Kingdom of God has arrived. (Mark 16:17 KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark writes in the end of His Gospel that one of the signs that would accompany the early church would be the ability to cast out devils. (Acts 16:18 KJV) And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. In Philippi, Paul did that very thing and it almost cost him his life.

Mark 6:8 (KJB)
And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:

After the day of Pentecost, the disciples would become Apostles in an official capacity but here they are being sent forth with specific instructions. The only thing they are permitted to take with them is a staff for walking and to protect themselves against any wild animals. They were not to take a scrip which was a money bag which was a leather bag where they would keep their funds. Since they were not to take any money, there would have been no need for the scrip. They were not even to take any bread, that is, any sustenance. This journey may not have been a long journey and these things would not be needed but more likely Jesus was teaching them to have faith in God for their needs.

Mark 6:9 (KJB)
But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

They were definitely allowed to put on their sandals since they would be walking the roads which would have many pebbles and sharp stones. They were also forbidden to take two coats. Now if they were going to be sleeping outside at night, they would definitely need a second coat to prevent themselves from freezing. The one coat which they were allowed to take was a tunic which was an under garment. Jesus was also teaching them that there was an urgency about their short mission plus He was teaching them if He sends them someplace, then He will provide for them.

Mark 6:10 (KJB)
And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.

They were not to make any provisions for their journey and were to completely trust God for their necessities. This type of situation also placed a Gospel obligation on the hearers of the messages the apostles preached. The Gospel does not only place a demand of faith on the hearer, but it also requires action on their part. (James 2:17 KJV) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Faith without works is dead. How can someone sit in a crowd and hear everything being spoken about the Gospel and then refuse to do so much as to house and feed the preachers. (Gal 6:6 KJV) Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Galatians 6:6 teaches that those who hear the Gospel from a preacher and if that preacher is proclaiming the truth, then there should be no reason why that person’s ministry should not be supported. Then the apostles are not to stay at a different house each night. If they have found a host that gives them food and roof over their head, then they are to remain at that residence until their ministry in that place is complete.