Luke 9:6

ESV And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
NIV So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
NASB And as they were leaving, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
CSB So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.
NLT So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.
KJV And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

What does Luke 9:6 mean?

The final part of the story of the disciples' first ministry trip without Jesus is a quick overview of their accomplishments.

Jesus has equipped the Twelve with the power and authority to heal, expel demons, and raise the dead (Luke 9:1; Matthew 10:8). The miracles are meant to validate their good news about the kingdom of God—which, for now, they are to share only with Jews willing to hear the message (Matthew 10:5, 14).

"Everywhere" does not mean the disciples taught in every Jewish town in Galilee and Judea. Ancient languages, just as modern languages, often use poetic terms. We might say a person "has been everywhere in the country," and not understand that in an overly literal way. Mark notes that their ministry is so successful that when they return to report to Jesus they don't even have time to eat because so many people are coming and going. Jesus invites them to come away to rest and regroup. Because of their ministry, the people have grown to recognize them, and the people chase the disciples' boat to Bethsaida. By the time they land, a crowd of thousands waits for them (Mark 6:30–33).

Jesus had warned the disciples that they would face the same persecution and hardships He will face (Matthew 10:16–38), because they follow Him. Persecution will strengthen the faith of the faithful (James 1:2–4). However, being adored can be spiritually dangerous. Being known and well thought of may be an advantage for spreading the gospel. Yet popular leaders are faced with temptations to abuse their positions. After Jesus feeds thousands, He must hide away so the mob cannot try to forcibly make Him king (John 6:15). It can be difficult for popular leaders and teachers to stay focused on God's plan for their ministry and not get caught up in what the crowd thinks they should be.
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