Mission of the Seventy
Verse 1 – After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Verse 2 – Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the labors are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Verse 3 – “Go your way; behold I send you out as lambs among wolves.
Verse 4 – “Carry neither money bag, sack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
Jesus couldn’t reach all He needed to in such a short time. A lot of people forget that Jesus had more than only twelve disciples. The same goes today. We have missionaries all over the world preaching and reaching thousands. But these went before Him to prepare their hearts, so when He entered their city, they would be ready to hear the message of God’s kingdom.
Verse 5 – “But whatever house you enter, say, ‘Peace to this house.”
Verse 6 – “And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
Whether good or bad in Jewish custom, a man is called, “Son of … Wicked men were called children of wrath; Judas is called, son of perdition. Son of peace in this text not only means a peaceable, quiet man, but one also of good report for his uprightness. It would have been a dishonor to this mission, had the missionaries taken up their lodgings with those who had not a good report among them.
Verse 7 – “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wage. Do not go from house to house.
Shifting from house to house could offend the family who first took them in. Some families might begin to compete if they were to move from house to house. And, ministers of God should be paid for their work as the apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17, 18.
Verse 8 – “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. (Don’t be picky.)
Verse 9 – “And heal the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you!
Verse 10 – “But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
Verse 11 – “The very dust of your city which cling to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
This makes it very clear: If you don’t receive the message of the Gospel, you can’t expect anything from God.
Verse 12 – “But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
In that day of judgment. Sodom was destroyed for their great wickedness, Genesis 19. Sodom will suffer at judgment day, but cities who saw the Messiah and rejected Him will suffer even more.
Verse 13 – “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented a great while ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Verse 14 – “But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.
Verse 15 – “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be thrust down to Hades.
Verse 16 – “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
You can’t skip over Jesus and get to God! Plain and simple. The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. If you reject Jesus, then you reject God, because He is God.
Verse 17 – Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Verse 18 – And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Verse 19 – “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Verse 20 – “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
There’s nothing wrong with being excited when we lay hands on people and they are healed. However, be cautious about how you begin to think of yourself. Pride is what caused Satan to be cast out of heaven. Keep focused on what is so much more important, that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
Verse 21 – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
That Thou has not revealed these things to the Pharisees and scribes, who idolize their own wisdom; but has revealed them to the simple and humble of heart.
Verse 22 – “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
It is impossible for spiritually dead humans to know God the Father or His Son unless the Son through His Holy Spirit reveals both. That’s why people who are not “born-again”, have no understanding of scripture, it’s foreign to them.
Verse 23 – And He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;
Verse 24 – “for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.”
Jesus let His disciples know that it was both a privileged and a blessing to see the prophesies spoken of by the prophets and kings, coming to pass. In 1 Peter 1:12, he said that even the angels desired to see these things. Please don’t ever take your Christianity for granted. What a privilege we have, being able to have it all written down for us in any language we choose. By faith, we read, hear, and experience the grace of God through what Jesus has done for us all. Get to know Him, and never ever stop learning of His gracious love.
How to Inherit Eternal Life
Verse 25 – And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him saying, “Teacher, what shall we do to inherit eternal life?”
An expert in law refers to a scribe, many of whom were also Pharisees.
Verse 26 – He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
Verse 27 – So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
Verse 28 – And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
Jesus didn’t go on to explain that no one can do these things perfectly all the time. No one loves perfectly all the time in every situation but Christ.
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Verse 29 – But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Verse 30 – Then Jesus answered and said; “A certain man went down to Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
This lawyer wanted to justify himself by appearing to be a righteous man. Jesus is about to teach them, that a neighbor is anyone from any nation or religion, who is in distress and needs help.
Verse 31 – “Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
If the priest thought the man was dead, he couldn’t touch him because then he would be unclean. But the priest didn’t even check.
Verse 32 – “Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
Verse 33 – “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
The Jews considered the Samaritans to be half-breeds, who had intermarried with foreigners and who were guilty of false worship. The half-dead man, was more than likely a Jew, because he was traveling to Jerusalem to Jericho. To this lawyer, the person least likely to act correctly would be the Samaritan. They were hated enemies of the Jews.
Verse 34 – “And went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
How many people do you know who would stop what they were doing, or stop where they were going to attend to someone’s need? Having compassion, does something about the situation.
Verse 35 – “On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.
Trust me when I say, “All Christians will be tested in this area, at one time or another.” Do we interrupt our daily lives to see to someone’s needs, knowing they could never repay us?
Verse 36 – “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
Verse 37 – And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Verse 38 – Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
Verse 39 – And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
Verse 40 – But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
Verse 41 – And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
Let’s not be so hard on Martha, after all, she was trying to give Jesus and His twelve disciples a proper welcome, and she was overwhelmed with work. This would be like big family gathering, people sitting around, and watching one person wait on everyone, making sure everything was “just right.” However, Jesus doesn’t see it the way Martha sees it.
Verse 42 – “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. On this occasion they were both serving Him. But Martha thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior and a waste of time. We shouldn’t let our business interfere with just spending time with Jesus. Jesus didn’t blame Martha for being concerned about household chores, He was only asking her to set priorities and to not fault those who do.