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shake the dust from your feet

This was part of the Gospel read last Sunday and I have pondered over it a bit.

The quote was shake the dust from their feet in protest. I always thought the idea behind this was to just shake the dust if and move on, but now it seems as if shake the dust is an act of protest.

What is the purpose of shaking the dust from your feet?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:58 AM on Apr. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • If you could give me the verse, or at least the book, I could read into the context further and get back to you with what I think!
    missbreezy214

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 1:00 AM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • sorry it wasn't the gospel reading it was the readings. ACts -- hold on I will grab it
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:04 AM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Reading 1

    Acts 13:14, 43-52

    Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga
    and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
    On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.
    Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism
    followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them
    and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God.

    On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered
    to hear the word of the Lord.
    When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
    and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
    Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
    “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
    but since you reject it
    and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
    we now turn to the Gentiles.
    For so the Lord has commanded us,
    I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
    that you may be an instrument of salvation
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 AM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • to the ends of the earth.”

    The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
    and glorified the word of the Lord.
    All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
    and the word of the Lord continued to spread
    through the whole region.
    The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
    and the leading men of the city,
    stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
    and expelled them from their territory.
    So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them,
    and went to Iconium.
    The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:06 AM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Well my personal thoughts of that quotes is to move on. Though biblically and I may be wrong is to wipe your feet clean of the dust. Which can be taken multiple ways. Two ways are rid your self of sin, or shake of the doubt.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:26 AM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Its to move on... see this sentence here .. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them, and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:02 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • also from Acts: 18:6 When they opposed him 4 and reviled him, 5 he protested by shaking out his clothes 6 and said to them, “Your blood 7 be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 8 From now on I will go to the Gentiles!”

    He protested by shaking out his clothes. A symbolic action of protest, similar but not identical to the practice of shaking the dust off one’s feet (see Acts 13:51). The two symbolic actions are related, however, since what is shaken off here is the dust raised by the feet and settling in the clothes. The meaning is, “I am done with you! You are accountable to God.”
    missbreezy214

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 3:45 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

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