"Door Post Writings"
Let's look at the passage of Matthew 10:13-15. If you read this passage from the NASB- which I believe is a clearer translation for this verse- you will read these words:
"And if the house is worthy, let your [greeting of] peacecome upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your [greeting of] peace return toyou.
"And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as yougo out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.
"Truly Isay to you, it will be more tolerable for [the] land of Sodom and Gomorrahin the day of judgment, than for that city.Many would rather say that the meaning is better rendered 'the household'. I believe that the contextis ultimately toward the household. However, if you were to read this at face value, there is somesignificance to the meaning "the house". You see, our western-gentile mind doesn't get the whole word picture.In verse 13 we read "if the house is worthy". Thus the question arises; "How can an inanimate object be worthy of a blessing?" To understand this we must first go back to the Old Testament to get a better understanding of what Matthew was referring to. But before we do this, remember that Matthew was aJew, and being Jewish, he would have been understanding of Jewish culture and customs. Now let'sread Deuteronomy 11:13-21.
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving youtoday--to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heartand with all your soul--
then I will send rain on your land in itsseason, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in yourgrain, new wine and oil.
I will provide grass in the fields for yourcattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Be careful, or you will beenticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.
Then the LORD's anger will burn against you, and he will shut theheavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, andyou will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.
Fixthese words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols onyour hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Teach them to yourchildren, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Write themon the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,
so that your daysand the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORDswore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens areabove the earth.
that were written on small parchment were placed in whatwas known as the "mezuzah" (Mezuzah literally means 'doorpost" in Hebrew.).This tiny scroll of parchment has the words of the Shema [Deut. 6:4-9 ]written on it, along with the words of a companion passage, Deut. 11:13-