After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Dr. Luke, promising at the outset to write an accurate account of the life and legacy of Jesus Christ, records another of the interesting accounts of our Savior, the Lord. Reaching the accounts recorded in Luke 10 of God’s Word, he tells of the appointment of seventy “others” that were dispersed, two by two.
It was a good principle then and, though they come today to your door in that manner, you have to carefully, very carefully, weigh out the teachings that they are expounding. In a large number of cases you will discover that comparing Scripture with other Scriptures, there is conflict between what is being taught and what the Word of God says. Use your think tank; or better yet, send them on their way.
Jesus, who had twelve particular disciples, sends these seventy out with the promise that the “harvest is plentiful”! All too often we are inclined toward defeatism. We do not take God at His Word. We think that people are not ready to be inducted into “the army of the Lord.” With such negativity we approach the entrustment and do not expect “returns”. How sad!
Our Lord encourages us to recognize that the “harvest is plentiful”. You cannot be expecting “fruit” if you forget for a moment that the Holy Spirit will tenderize hearts before you arrive. He knows all about the “wolves” and expecting results from His ministry in and through you, even the most objectionable characters can be melted into submission.
Do not for a moment back down from your instructions from the Lord of Lords. These brothers went out “un-equipped” from a physical, mental, personal stand-point. When they returned, they were ecstatic. He had empowered them and they achieved the goal, even beyond their expectations.
Jesus, in commending them said: “I saw Satan fall from heaven!” We are subjects of the King of Kings, Jesus; we are victors through Him! He was moving in among the situations and revealing Himself through these seventy to those who would come to Him. God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit working through waiting and willing hearts, and He did it in advance of visiting other towns. Who knows whom He will use next? You? Me?