1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
35 sets of 2 witnesses preaching The Gospel of Christ. 35 = hope in biblical numerics. Going into the world, preaching The kingdom of God.
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.
The harvest is the end of the world age and its very important that we understand this age is a test to weed out evil. The choice is Christ or the world and satan.
3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Those of you that hold to The Truth are ushers for God. Show them The Way to life † regardless of those that hate you for it.
4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
Our Father will provide your needs in your labors.
5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
This would be to see if they're open to hearing The Gospel.
6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
If this house is at peace, it has Christ as its center. Our sabbath = rest is in Christ Jesus today and if you follow Him you're at peace EVERYDAY.
7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
Don't drop off a verse or two, going house to house. Those homes that have the heart for Truth, hunger to hear it. Stay feeding them as much as possible.
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
You should eat the things God says we should eat for our health, but when you're teaching others, eat what they eat, its only a sin to the flesh not the soul if you eat unclean things. We must usher them to Christ, before they can handle the meat.
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
You're the vessel in which [God heals]. Those open to The Truth will understand when you say " The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you".
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
You will be rejected because of who you have become. Anyone with The Light will be hated by those in darkness. Let's see what we should do about it.
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
The filth in their lives won't be able to stick to you. Throw it back at them! Tell them its all theirs to keep. The Truth was given and they reject it.
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
As bad as Sodom was with their homo activity and immoral behavior, it was better what happened to them in their destruction than what was coming to this city.
13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
"Bethsaida" = house of fish, The Word of God was suppose to be taught, but they refused it. Tyre and Sidon, kenite cities, were the center of satan's merchant fleets. During the time of Jonah being sent by God, this city repented in sack cloth and ashes. Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. The city of Nineveh [same location] repented and were saved.
14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.
Accepting The Truth of God is what separates us from darkness and satan.
15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
"Capernaum" the city of "Naum", = consolation or compassion. This city had claimed itself in a high position of self-righteousness and God wasn't pleased with them.
16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Preach The Word, those that listen hear God, those that hate you, hate God and those that reject Christ reject God.
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
These are the same 70, 35 sets of 2 witnesses, preaching The Gospel of Christ we saw in verse 1 of this Chapter. There is power in Christ Jesus name.
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Christ is teaching us something. The evil one comes to earth quickly and as a false light, deceiving the world, his deceptions striking everywhere, but Christians have power over him.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Many take this to a religious show, but its power over every false christ, followers of satan and the angels that are cast down with him. "Power of the enemy" = power over satan himself.
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
"Notwithstanding" = "But", don't be high minded about the power [given] you over evil, just be at peace about your destination.
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
These things have been hidden from those of the worldly way. Those wise in their own eyes. Those without God! It's by their own choice.
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
Christians! Romans 12:3-9 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
If you're awake to The Truth, you understand this clearly. You are blessed!
24 For 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.
The fakes and the worldly people would love to have the peace of mind you have in knowing beyond a doubt what is going on today, why and where you shall be in the end of it all.
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
This is not a question, so much as its an attempt to trip Christ up. This "Scripture lawyer" could care less about The Truth.
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
Christ asks him right back, "What does The Law say?"
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
The lawyer quotes from Deuteronomy 6:5 & Leviticus 19:18 and does it correctly.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
This "Scripture lawyer" still wants to make Christ look bad.
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
This man was robbed, stripped and left for dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
This church leader didn't want to get involved.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
This Levite leader of the church walked by also.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
A stranger came upon this man and felt for him enough to treat.
34 And 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.
35 And 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.
No matter what the cost, this man helps another.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Was the priest, Levite, or Samaritan the neighbor?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
38 Now 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.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But 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 is allowing Martha to serve the food. After all, she was the one responsible for what took place within her household.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Christ is telling Martha she doesn't have to go to all of that trouble getting together that physical food and things of the house or fleshly things.
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Mary came to be feed Truth = spiritual food, and we must learn to set
priorities in our lives. God's Word MUST be 1st in our lives or we won't be
blessed in life. We put many things before God in
our lives, only because of the flesh, remember; Exodus 34:14
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: