Jesus sees the people as the 'lost sheep', or 'sheep without a shepherd' who are 'harassed and helpless.' So he recruits twelve men to be sent out to help spread the good news of God's Kingdom, to bring people true peace.
But how are these twelve to go? What are they to do? Who are they to go to? That is what Jesus tells them in this passage.
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This is the Blog of the sermons preached at St. Luke's, Ramsgate. Often by the vicar at St. Luke's, Paul Worledge, but also by others.