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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Luke's Gospel

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Frameworks: Luke's Gospel, chapter 10

     

For preliminaries see chapter 1

   

v.1-16 Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
v.17-24 The Seventy-Two return
v.25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan
v.38-42 At the Home of Martha and Mary

    

v.1-16 Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

 

v.1 (he then sends 72 to go ahead and prepare the way) After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

v.2 (the harvest needs workers) He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

v.3 (I'm sending you out vulnerable in this dangerous world) Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

v.4 (but take no provisions) Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

v.5 (but seek a house that will welcome you peaceably) “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.'

v.6 (if they don't, that's fine) If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.

v.7 (nevertheless let them feed you and stay there) Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

v.8 (eat what you are offered) “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.

v.9 (heal the sick to demonstrate the kingdom) Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

v.10,11 (if you are not welcome warn them they rejected the opportunity to experience the kingdom) But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'

v.12 (judgment will come on that town) I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

v.13,14 (various towns who have seen but power but rejected them will also be judged) “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.

v.15 (similarly with Capernaum) And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.

v.16 (reject you and they reject me and God) “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

 

v.17-24 The Seventy-Two return

 

v.17 (they return rejoicing) The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

v.18 (Jesus says he saw Satan's kingdom fall in their ministry) He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

v.19 (so he's given them all authority to serve) I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

v.20 (but only rejoice that you are the chosen ones) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

v.21 (Jesus praised his Father for what has happened) At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

v.22 (revelation only comes through him of the Father) “All things have been committed 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.”

v.23 (how blessed were they to experience these things) Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.

v.24 (many before wanted to see this but the time wasn't right) For I tell you that 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.”

 

v.25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

 

v.25 (a teacher asked about eternal life) On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

v.26 (Jesus asked about what the Law says) “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

v.27 (love God and your neighbour) He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.'

v.28 (Jesus commends him) “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

v.29 (so he asks who is his neighbour?) But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

v.30 (Jesus tells a parable if a man who is mugged) In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

v.31 (a priest passes by but does nothing) A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

v.32 (similarly a Levite [servant of the Temple]) So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

v.33-35 (but a Samaritan [a foreigner] came and helped and took good care of the man ) But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,' he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

v.36 (so who, says Jesus, is the neighbour?) “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

v.37 (the one who helped) The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

v.38-42 At the Home of Martha and Mary

 

v.38 (in Bethany, Martha opens her home to Jesus) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

v.39 (her sister Mary just sat and listened to Jesus) She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.

v.40 (Martha was put out that she wasn't helping her) But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

v.41,42 (Jesus corrects her) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”