Luke Chapter Ten
v.1 “AFTER THESE THINGS THE LORD APPOINTED OTHER SEVENTY ALSO, AND SENT THEM TWO BY TWO BEFORE HIS FACE INTO EVERY CITY AND PLACE, WHITHER HE HIMSELF WOULD COME.”
Jesus had previously sent the twelve out to preach, teach and confirm their message by performing miracles, now he sends out seventy to go before him or in advance of his coming and do much the same job that John had done for the Jews in general, prepare the way for Jesus who would follow.
Why did he send them two by two? In order for one to be able to encourage the other, one would have talents that perhaps the other would not, there are many reasons. Today, can we improve on the methods that Jesus used? Are we really going out two by two today and working to teach others the will of God? There are some doing some things but as a congregation of God’s people we are not doing nearly as much as we should be doing.
v.2 “THEREFORE SAID HE UNTO THEM, THE HARVEST TRULY is GREAT, BUT THE LABOURERS are FEW: PRAY YE THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THAT HE WOULD SEND FORTH LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST.”
v.23-24 “23And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Another man does the same thing. This time he wasn’t a priest but was a man of the tribe from which the priests were chosen. He was a man who, even if he did not have the compassion for this victim that he should, knows his duty to the Law. He even came and looked on him, stopped to see what the trouble was but we can see in our mind’s eye, him scampering away because he didn’t want any part of this man’s problems.
v.33-35 “33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”
Jesus example is a Samaritan, a man of mixed nationality that the Jews despised, wouldn’t have anything to do with, looked down upon as dogs (Mark -28). That has to cut these Jews to the quick, a despised Samaritan begin held up by Jesus as an example. He has true compassion on this man who is near death. He binds up his wounds, administers what remedies he has available, puts him on the beast that he has been riding, carries him to a place of rest and comfort and makes sure that he has everything that he needs. Not only what he needs at the moment but also whatever he will need to get him back on his feet and on his journey. Then Jesus asks the question:
v.36 “36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?”
Which of these three was this man’s neighbor? Which one should you be like? Which one should you imitate in order to be a true servant and follower of God? The lawyer knew, just as we know today.
v.37 “37And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
The man who showed compassion was the neighbor, the example that God’s law for all time would demand we follow. And Jesus’ instruction to the lawyer is plain, simple and direct; you go and do just as the Samaritan did. Instruction that we should follow today, just as diligently as the one commanded by the Messiah directly and in person.
v.38 “38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.”
Now we have Luke’s
account of Jesus becoming acquainted with Mary and Martha. Even though he isn’t mentioned, common sense
would include Lazarus as well. Luke say
a certain village, a village that we know from other studies is
v.40 “40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.”
Mary sitting at Jesus feet leaves all of the work of serving as hostess to this crowd to Martha. She has a houseful, Jesus and the twelve and, without doubt, even more than that. Consequently Martha wants Jesus to send Mary to the kitchen where she belongs, where all the work is being done for serve the guests in their house. And what is Jesus’ response?
v.41 “41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Martha, Martha, you’re doing a wonderful job for which we are grateful; you’re taking care of your guests; you’re doing it with great diligence and care showing your hospitality. But Martha you are worried about things of this world, there is one thing that is needful in our lives, something that will never be taken away from us and Mary has chosen to concentrate on that one thing. Mary is focused on her ultimate goal, spending eternity in heaven with her God; that one thing that should be the overriding priority in our lives as well. She was of the same mind as David:
Psalms 27:4 “ONE thing HAVE I DESIRED OF THE LORD, THAT I WILL SEEK AFTER, THAT I MAY DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, TO BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD, AND TO INQUIRE IN HIS TEMPLE.”