“He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”Luke 10:16
We all enjoy the manner in which the Lord Jesus chose the twelve disciples. What a unique group from multiplied backgrounds with personalities as different as “night and day”. Usually it is not troublesome to find one of them with which we are able to identify and say: “That’s my man!”
Here, in Luke 10, He chooses 70 others that He sends out in twos. The first thing that is obvious is that our Lord had acquired a considerable following to send out 35 pairs of individuals. Next, we are told that He sent them ahead of Him where He intended to go. Most people would not be excited about the “prep work”, their preference is to some prominent position.
Additionally, He assigns them by saying: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Here He stands and tells them to: “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” I was thinking that they were sent into the harvest, and they were, but they were seeking others to join with them.
Here again we see something different. They are told that they are “as lambs in the midst of wolves.” There is no indication of people responding in a positive fashion—no money belt, no bag, no shoes, don’t even greet people along the way. Do not move from house to house for fear of wearing out your welcome. Bless those who welcome you! To those who refuse you, dust off your feet and inform them of their rejection. Observe the 16th verse: “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”
The next verse is exciting also; they returned and reported what God had wrought through them. What a contrast with our modern day efforts to reach men with the gospel. We are desperately in need of people with a commitment to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: “I have given you all power over the enemy.” (v19)