Hey everyone, I’m back from my brief sabbatical! I had a really good time getting away and praying (the picture here is the view from the place where I was staying in Kentucky)…also went down to Merrit Island to a Calvary Chapel Pastor’s day…which was cool to meet up with other guys in the CC network. I’m rested up and refreshed, and ready to hit it! I really appreciate the guys who filled in to teach while I was gone…I got to hear them, and they all did a great job!
This Sunday we’ll be returning to our study in Luke, and we’ll be reading chapter 10:1-16.
Once again Jesus sends out an advance team to prepare the way for His coming. He did this with the 12 apostles back at the beginning of chapter 9, but here He sends 72 (or 70, depending on which translation you read…it doesn’t really matter that much which number is right…it was obviously more than 12). The other big difference between the sending of the 12 in ch 9 and this sending is the fact that He is sending the 72 to villages in Samaria, since that’s where He’s traveling in this part of the narrative. It sort of gives us a picture of the future mission of the church, when Jesus sends us into “all nations”…meaning the gospel message isn’t confined to Israel alone.
As you read through Jesus’ instructions, what message do you get concerning our mission as the church. What is our purpose as a community? What do you suppose Jesus is meaning by asking us to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”?
When Jesus starts in on the “woe” section, He starts naming names when it comes to the places who are going to be judged more severely for rejecting Jesus. What villages does He name…and do you find anything interesting about the places He mentions considering where He is when He says this? As you read what Hes says, do you think there’s a difference between “never hearing” Jesus and “rejecting” Jesus?