And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
Just previous to Jesus giving His disciples this particular command He had been teaching in the synagogue in His own country and everyone was offended with Him because they thought they knew who He was and He couldn’t possibly know the things He was teaching. So Jesus makes this statement standing in the synagogue of His own country, “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” Mark 6:4.
Then He calls His disciples together, commands them to go forth and gives them the power necessary to accomplish what He is sending them to do. Jesus tells them to put on their sandals and take nothing with them.
In Bible days when a sandal was cast down it was symbolic of taking possession of that country. Psalm 108:9,
Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. The word shoe used in this scripture, is sandal in the original. So Jesus was telling His disciples, they have rejected us here, put on your sandals because we are going out to possess the land. Every time the disciples took a step with those sandals on, they were making a statement that they were possessing that land for Jesus.
Jesus was saying put your sandals on but don’t take anything from here with you, I will supply all your needs. Abraham had that experience once upon a time when the LORD came to him in Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Abraham had to get out just like the disciples did. Of course people think you’re crazy, they think you’ve lost it because you left the way they think it’s supposed to be done. You will be attacked, talked about, judged and declared a lost cause. But Jesus said don’t take anything with you, put your sandals on and I’m giving you the power to do what I’ve called you to do.
Let us put on our sandals and possess the land for Jesus as we walk through our daily lives. We are victorious! He has given us the power!