NOT JUST TWELVE

I noticed again that Jesus had multitudes, crowds that gathered to hear Him speak, to watch as He healed. They were enamored with His teaching because it was unlike that of the Scribes and Pharisees. How they were able to hear Him sufficiently to become followers is in itself one amazing fact. Yet our text, Luke 10:1, 2 says that he sent “seventy others in pairs of two, to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.”

Notice the unseemly way in which He sent them. They were to go with “no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.” Picture oneself being given those instructions; however that was not the end, when you come to a house and enter, you first say: “Peace be to this house.”

“If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.”

Under the conditions set forth, do you think that the man of the house will be excited about welcoming such an individual? I have to believe that it would be a lot like welcoming a homeless individual, one living under a bridge or down by the river, under the trees. I have experienced many such individuals over the years and established a system of helping without being manipulated. Jesus gave these men some tough instructions, which they obeyed and returned later excited that the response was far beyond their expectation.

Sometimes we try to “out think” the Lord. We are assured in our thinking of the experience of rejection, which none of us appreciate. I guess that we wear our feelings on our coat-sleeves! These teams returned later with joy, because they obeyed the Lord and experienced something they had not envisioned. Listen to the words of our Savior: “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.” Is there not excitement in the succeeding verse: “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning?

While victory might come in various forms when we “obey” the Lord, and you and I will enjoy reveling in ecstasy, it will come. Christ was watching all the time and producing that victory.

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