Jesus Sends Out His Disciples

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Laborers

 

From this passage we see that we are ambassadors sent to represent Christ in this world. It is important to note that God did not promise to duplicate in our age the special ministry and power He gave His apostles and to the Seventy (Matt 9:1). Our Lord’s commission to us emphasizes proclaiming the message (Matt. 28:19-20; Lk. 24:46-49).

The Seventy were sent two by two for a limited time to represent the Lord to the people of Israel and sent before Him to prepare for His coming (v. 1). There were few workers to help reap a great harvest and the work was dangerous, but as long as they relied on the Lord they would win the battle (v. 2). They trusted God to provide homes and food from their Jewish brethren as they were not to be loaded down with things (vv. 3-4). They were to proclaim the message of God’s love (vv. 5-16).Jesus gave two rules for the disciples to follow as they traveled. They were to accept hospitality without being picky and they were to heal the sick (vv. 8-9.

It is true that there are multitudes, not only in the United States but in all the regions beyond, who need Christ and who are waiting for the messengers of the Lord to go to them with the Good News of the gospel.

Application

 

The fields are ripe for God’s harvest. I am to  pray for laborers, give to those who are laborers, and go to those who need to hear (v. 2). Am I doing all that I can to get the message out to this needy world? (Mk. 16:15).

Luke 10:1-16 (English Standard Version)

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!' And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. "The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

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