Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others,
- Some Greek manuscripts say 70 others say 72
- NAS, HCSB & The Message say 70
- CSB, ESV, NLT & NIV say 72
- Genesis 10 – Hebrew text has 70 names of nations – Greek text has 72 names.
- Doesn’t really matter.
and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.
- Who does the harvesting?
3 Now go; I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Don’t carry a money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals; don’t greet anyone along the road.
- This principle changed after the cross.
- Luke 22: 35 He also said to them, “When I sent you out without money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Not a thing,” they said.
36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a money-bag should take it, and also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn’t have a sword should sell his robe and buy one.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ 6 If a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for the worker is worthy of his wages. Don’t move from house to house. 8 When you enter any town, and they welcome you, eat the things set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there, and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’ 10 When you enter any town, and they don’t welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We are wiping off even the dust of your town that clings to our feet as a witness against you. Know this for certain: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
- Both cities around Capernaum (where Jesus did most of His miracles)
- They were Jews influenced by the religion of the Pharisees.
For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
- 2 pagan Gentile cities on the coast of the Mediterranean that were NW of Galilee.
- Mourning and repentance would have occurred.
14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.
- Judgment? – Great White Throne judgment.
- Revelation 20:11-15 - 11 Then I saw a great white throne and one seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. 13 Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them; each one was judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
THE RETURN OF THE SEVENTY-TWO
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
- They were “joyful” because of the ministry they had accomplished.
18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
- Implies that Satan is in heaven.
- Revelation 12:10 - 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Messiah
have now come,
because the accuser of our brothers
has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night. 
- Rev 20:10 10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
- The source of your joy doesn’t come from what has been accomplished in ministry… but from the joy of your salvation.
- Don’t lose focus!
THE SON REVEALS THE FATHER
21 At that time he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants.
- Wise in their own eyes have no wisdom.
- Mystery form of the kingdom.
- We can know because of the Spirit.
- Ephesians 3:3-6 - 3 The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above. 4 By reading this you are able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ. 5 This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6 The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
25 Then an expert in the law (Pharisee) stood up to test him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do (action) to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the law?” he asked him. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “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.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
28 “You’ve answered correctly,” he told him. “Do (present tense - continually) this and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan (half breed Jew) on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii (denarii = days wage), gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
- Jesus wanted to prove to this lawyer that he was so far away in his thinking.
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
37 “The one who showed mercy to him (couldn’t even say the word ‘Samaritan’),” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
MARTHA AND MARY
38 While they were traveling, he entered a village (Bethany – one of the 35/36 homes), and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”
41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” 
- Martha – Jesus came and we are to serve Him
- Mary – Jesus came and we are to enjoy Him
- Martha condemned Mary for not serving
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