Jesus Sends Seventy-Two Disciples on a Mission
(1) After this the Lord chose 72 disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place he would pass through on his way to Jerusalem.
(2) Jesus told them, “Yes, there is an abundant harvest, but there are only a few workers to gather it in. Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field. (3) Go now! I send you out like lambs among wolves. (4) Do not take a money bag or pouch or sandals; and do not stop to greet anyone along the road.
(5) “When you enter a home, say, ‘God’s peace be on this home.’ (6) If a person of peace lives there, your blessing of peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. (7) Stay only in that home and do not move around from house to house; eat and drink whatever is given you, because a worker deserves to be paid.
(8) “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat whatever they give you. (9) Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (10) But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, stand in its streets and declare, (11) ‘We wipe the dirt of your town from our feet as a warning to you. You can be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ (12) I tell you the truth: It will be much better on the day of judgment for Sodom than for that town.”
Jesus Judges Jewish Cities
Luke 10:13-16 (Matthew 11:20-24)
Jesus declared, (13) “How terrible for the Jewish towns of Chorazin! (located around 2 miles/3 km from Capernaum on the top northwestern shore of Lake Galilee) and Bethsaida (located around 6 miles/10 km from Capernaum on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee). For if the miracles that I did in you had been done in the non-Jewish cities of Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes a long time ago. (14) But it will be much better for Tyre and Sidon at God’s judgment than for you. (15) And will the Jewish town of Capernaum (located on the northwestern shore of Lake Galilee) be lifted up to the heavens? Absolutely not! You will descend into the realm of the dead (hades). (16) Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me into this world.”
Jesus’ Seventy-Two Disciples Return
(17) The 72 disciples returned from their mission journey full of joy, and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons obey what we say in your name.” (18) Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like a lightning bolt from heaven. (19) I gave you God’s authority to walk over snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of Satan our enemy. Nothing can hurt you! (20) However, do not rejoice that demons obey your commands, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
The Prayer of Jesus
Luke 10:21-24 (Matthew 11:25-27, 13:16-17)
(21) At that time Jesus was full of joy through the Holy Spirit and prayed: “I praise you, Father—Lord of heaven and earth—because you have hidden these things from the wise and educated, and have revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. (22) All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
(23) Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said in private, “Blessed are your eyes because you see what you see. (24) For I tell you the truth: Many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
The Greatest Commandments
Luke 10:25-28 (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34)
(25) On one occasion an expert in the law of Moses stood up to test Jesus. He asked him, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law of Moses? How do you understand what it says?” (27) He said, “It is written in Deuteronomy 6:5, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,’ and in Leviticus 19:18, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (28) Jesus said, “Very good, your answer is correct; do this and you will live.”
The Parable of a Good Samaritan
(29) But the expert in the law of Moses wanted to prove that he was a righteous person, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”
(30) So Jesus answered him in this parable (story): “A man was walking down the road that leads from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him, and left him lying there nearly dead. (The winding road from Jericho to Jerusalem was around 18 miles/29 km long through the dry desert. There were many robbers along this road).
(31) “A Jewish priest walked down the same road, but when he saw the dying man, he passed by him on the other side of the road. (32) Also, a Jewish Levite walked down that road and saw the dying man, but he passed by him on the other side of the road. (33) “But when a Samaritan walked down that road and saw the dying man, he had compassion on him. (34) He poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them. Then, putting him on his donkey, he took the man to a hotel (inn) and took care of him. (35) The next day the Samaritan paid the hotel manager two coins (denarii), and told him, ‘Take care of him, and when I return from my journey, I will pay you for any extra costs you may have when I return.’”
(36) Jesus asked the Jewish teacher, “Which of these three men do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?” (37) The expert in the law of Moses said, “The one who had compassion for him and showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “You go and do the same for others.”
Mary and Martha
(38) As Jesus and his disciples were walking toward Jerusalem, they entered a village (Bethany, on the Mount of Olives) where a woman named Martha opened her home to Jesus.
(39) She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to his teaching. (40) But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be done. So she asked Jesus, “Lord, Mary has left me to serve all alone; don’t you care? Tell her to help me!” Jesus said to her, (41) “Martha, Martha, why are you anxious and worried about so many things? (42) For there is only one thing that is truly important. And Mary has chosen what is truly good, and I will not take it away from her.”