Luke 10

Luke 10: The Seventy

“…the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place…” (Luke 10:1)

Jesus then explains to the newly organized group of the ‘Seventy’ that the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. He tells them that he sends them as sheep, among the wolves. He gives them instruction to carry no money, and upon entering a house to say; “…Peace be to this house.” (Luke 10:5) and in whatever house a Seventy or Missionary should enter to “…eat such things as are set before you:” (Luke 10:8)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has a Quorum of the Seventy, as shown in the below Organization of Christ’s Restored Church:

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Jesus tells them exactly what to say if a city rejects them…

“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. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 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. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.” (Luke 10:11-15)

Jesus tells the Seventy that those “…that heareth you heareth me: and he that despiseth you despiseth me…” (Luke 10:16) The Seventy shout for Joy at their new callings! They explain; “…even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” (Luke 10:17) Jesus tells them to not rejoice because they have the power over devils, but rejoice because their names will be written in heaven. Jesus explains that He is happy that God the Father has “…hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes…” (Luke 10:21) Essentially Jesus is telling them, and the reader today that the things of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not perceived by wisdom, but by the simple of understanding and knowledge; ‘babes’. Jesus tells the Seventy that they should be grateful for knowing the things they know, because many rulers have desired to know and see the things which they had witnessed.

A man among them, who was an attorney, asks Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks him how he interprets the writings and he explains to Jesus that all he needs to do is “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (Luke 10:27) Jesus tells the man that he is correct, but the man then asks Jesus; “…who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

In response to the man’s question, Jesus tells the Parable of the Good Samaritan…

                “…A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment [clothes], and wounded him, and departed leaving him half dead…. There came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.” (Luke 10:30-32)

                So, there was a ‘certain man’, who we assume was Jewish, but may or may not have been Jewish, is robbed, beaten and left for dead. The road he was on was probably heavily traveled, so it is not surprising that two people had walked by him in a fairly short period of time. Although time is not mentioned, I personally believe that the events all took place within the same daylight. Both a priest and a Levite pass the man, forgetting the simple ‘love thy neighbor’.

Jesus continues the Parable; “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 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. 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.” (Luke 10:33-35)

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So, we learn that no matter what faith, gender or race we should show compassion on one another. Jesus asks the man who proposed the ‘who is my neighbor’ question, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among thieves? And he said He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37)

The answer to the man’s question was easy, and the Parable of the Good Samaritan really hammers the message home. No matter who we are dealing with, even our enemies… when someone needs help we help!

Luke 9

Luke 9: Jesus Heals and Teaches

                Jesus calls His Apostles together and gives them Power and Authority, (see Luke 9:1)

Jesus then sends His 12 to “…preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey… neither bread, nor money… whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:2-3, 5) Notice how Jesus gave those who preached His Gospel, Power and Authority? You cannot claim Power and Authority because of the knowledge of man, nor can you claim Power and Authority because of the Bible. No, you must receive Authority from someone who has the Authority, in this case Jesus. Because Jesus is not on the earth today, it must be received from an Apostle, Prophet or someone who has the Priesthood Authority. I personally can trace my Priesthood Authority by names, back to Jesus Christ.

Because of all the great things that were occurring, Herod finds out and desires to see Jesus. The Apostles warn Jesus that Herod may try to capture or kill him and Jesus leads them; “…privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.” (Luke 9:10) There Jesus has a large gathering and after instructing them commands that they return to the cities to find a place to sleep. Before they leave, Jesus desires to feed them. The Apostles come to Jesus, and say; “…We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.” (Luke 9:13) There were about five thousand gathered. Jesus commands that they sit in companies of fifty and he took the five loaves and two fishes and blesses them. He then commands the Apostles to distribute the food among them all, afterward collecting twelve baskets of “fragments” as leftovers.

After the followers had retired to their respective cities, Jesus was praying alone when He asked the Apostles; “…Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.” (Luke 9:18-19) Jesus then asks them again; “…But whom say ye that I am?” Peter answered and said; “…The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:20) Jesus tells them to keep this and tell no man. He explains that He will be rejected, slain (crucified) and rise on the third day. He gives them a charge that if any man wants to follow Him, they must deny themselves and take up his own cross; “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:24)

                Eight days later… Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain to pray, and while there His countenance was changed, His clothing was white and glistering. Jesus spoke with two men; Moses and Elias. Peter makes a silly suggestion that they build a tabernacle for Jesus, Moses and Elias. This is when God overshadows them in a cloud and says; “…This is my beloved Son, here him.” (Luke 9:35) Immediately they were found alone with Jesus, and commanded to tell know one of what had happened.

The next day, as they came off of the mountain, they were met by a multitude of the followers of Jesus Christ. A man comes to Jesus and asks Him to heal his child, who was possessed by a devil. The man tells Jesus that he had already asked one of His Apostles, and they were unable to heal the child. Jesus was a little upset that they couldn’t do it without Him, but heals the child anyways. He then explains to His Apostles that He would be “…delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying… and they feared to ask him of that saying.” (Luke 9:45)

For whatever reason, the Apostles simultaneously start thinking about which of the Apostles is the greatest, Jesus, perceiving their thoughts sits a child down near Himself and says; “…Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me… for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” (Luke 9:48) The Apostle John responds to this and explains that they had forbidden a man from casting out a devil, because the man was not part of them. Jesus explains; “…Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” (Luke 9:50)

So do you need Authority? YES! But Jesus explains that anyone who wants to attempt those things, without authority can do so. Whoever is not against the Church or Gospel of Christ, is for it. For this purpose The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the “…privilege of worshipping the Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” (Articles of Faith 1:11)

                Jesus and the Apostles go to the village of the Samaritans, but are not received. Aftering seeing Jesus being rejected; James and John said to Jesus; “…Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” Jesus turned to them and scolded them; “…Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them…” (Luke 9:55-56)

Jesus and His Apostles travel to another village, where they are met by a man who desired to follow Jesus. Jesus accepts the man’s proposal and He tells them man to follow Him. But the man asks Jesus; “…suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but thou go and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:59-60) Another man approaches Jesus and asks to follow Him, and when Jesus agrees, the man asks Jesus for time to go home and say farewell to his family. But Jesus tells him; “…No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

Jesus taught clearly that His Gospel is so important, that we do not have time for the little things in Life. When we follow Him, we must put our full strength in, and our feet forward. Looking back to our old ways of life will do us no good. Following Christ is forward thinking, and moving. Always following His path!