Rejection by the Samaritans
Cost of Following Christ
Sending out the Seventy (10:1-24)
Sending out and giving
Return of the seventy (17-20)
Rejoicing of Jesus (21-24)
When the time had come, received
up, steadfastly set His face, Jerusalem, destroy/save, follow, kingdom of God,
harvest, laborers, lambs, wolves, receive, judgment, hears, rejects, authority,
1. The time had come for Jesus to
fulfill His mission in Jerusalem—to suffer, die, resurrect, and be received up
in glory. Being fully aware of the Father’s timing and purpose, He set out
resolutely to accomplish God’s will in God’s time. Likewise, we must equip
ourselves with a strong determination to carry out God’s will in our lives
according to His purpose and timing, even if doing so entails sufferings.
4. While James and John had their
mind set on wrathful judgement and self-vindication, the Lord Jesus was
concerned for people’s lives. Although it is our duty to warn the people of
impending judgment, we must not have a self-centered “manner of spirit” (55)
and wish that anyone who doesn’t listen to us be destroyed. We must have a
heart of compassion and desire all men to be saved (cf. 1Tim 2:1-4). Let God be
the ultimate Judge.
5a. Forsaking material comfort
for Christ’s sake.
5b. Placing the work of preaching
the gospel above social and family obligations (cf. Mt 10:37).
5c. Undivided attention to the
business of God’s kingdom.
6a. See verse 1.
6b. Both can help and support one
another (cf. Ecc 4:9-12). God’s work often calls for collective involvement
rather than individual effort. Sharing the work with fellow workers is in
itself a blessing as well as a training.
7. These are the words of our
Lord before sending out the disciples or instructing them about their mission.
They provide the motivation for our ministry and drive us to carry out our task
with utmost urgency. Only if we realize the magnitude of our work and the great
need for workers will we rise to the calling and actively involve ourselves in
8. 1. Prayer precedes and goes
hand in hand with service.
8. 2. We must pray and serve. While
we seek God’s help through prayer, we must also go and accomplish our mission.
10. They would face rejections,
ridicules, threats, and persecutions from vicious unbelievers.
11. The instruction not to bring
along many possessions suggests a simple lifestyle that allows total dedication
to the task at hand. It also, along with the instruction not to greet anyone on
the road, conveys a sense of urgency in the missionary work. They could not
afford to be bogged down with many possessions or waste time with unnecessary
12. They were to respect and
humbly depend on their hosts for their hospitality. They should concentrate on
their work rather than on where to stay or what to eat.
11. Although experiencing God’s
power in our service is a cause for joy, it does not guarantee or necessarily
reflect a sound relationship with God (cf. Mt 7:21-23; 1Tim 4:11-16). Our
ministry and service will pass away one day. But if by God’s grace we can have
the assurance of eternal life, that should be the greatest reason for joy
because after all, what truly matters is the salvation of our souls and being
with Christ forever. Therefore, we need to pay attention to our own
relationship with the Lord while carrying out the duties of our ministry.
12. The wise and the prudent are
those who are wise in their own eyes. The babes are the simple and humble.
These words of Jesus, as they are in Matthew, were probably directed at the
unbelieving cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum (13-16; Mt 11:20-24).
14. God’s salvation through Jesus
Christ (cf. 2:30-32).