76 Jesus sends another seventy-two disciples into the fields of ministry.

Luke 10:1–24

If the Lord recognizes a lack of laborers, why should we need to pray for what he already wants (Luke 10:1–2)?

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What was Jesus’ criterion in selecting thirty-six ministry teams (Luke 10:1–2)?

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Why would Jesus want his disciples to minister in the towns prior to his arrival there (Luke 10:1–2)?

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If his disciples did what they were told to do, why would Jesus need to follow (Luke 10:1, 9)?

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Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to greet people along the way (Luke 10:3–9)?

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What difficulties might the disciples have had in eating whatever was set before them (Luke 10:8)?

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If a disciple said, “The Kingdom of God is near,” how would he have answered when someone said, “What does that mean?” (Luke 10:9).

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If the disciples had been rejected in a town, what need would there be for Jesus to go there (Luke 10:10–12)?

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Many of those who saw Jesus’ miracles became believers in Bethsaida and Capernaum, so what was the reason for Jesus condemnation (Luke 10:13–15)?

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Why did Jesus tell his disciples that a town’s acceptance or rejection of their message was a rejection of him and not them (Luke 10:16)?

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While the seventy-two were out in ministry, what might Jesus and other disciples have been doing (Luke 10:17)? How did they know when and where to meet later?

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Why might there have been a problem with the way the disciples were celebrating their successes (Luke 10:17–20)?

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When it came to boasting, who had the greater story, Jesus or the disciples (Luke 10:17–20)? Why?

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What pleasure does God gain from using the ignorant and ill-equipped (Luke 10:21)?

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How does the Son reveal the Father (Luke 10:22–24)?

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What had the prophets and kings missed, which the disciples were now able to see and hear (Luke 10:22–24)?

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Jesus chose another seventy-two disciples, sending them in pairs to every town and community where he planned to visit. “The harvest is great,” Jesus said, “but there are not many workers. So pray to the Lord of the harvest and ask him to send more people into the fields.

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Luke 10:1–2 Jesus chose another seventy-two disciples, sending them in pairs to every town and community where he planned to visit. “The harvest is great,” Jesus said, “but there are not many workers. So pray to the Lord of the harvest, and ask him to send more people into the fields.
King James

Luke 10:1–2 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

“Take care as you go, for I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Do not carry a money bag, traveling sack, or extra pair of sandals. Do not stop to greet anyone on the way. Whenever you enter a house, first greet the family and say, ‘May God’s peace be upon this house.’ If a peace-lover lives there, your blessing will be received, but if not, it will be rejected. Do not move from house to house, but remain in the same place, accepting their hospitality as workers deserving their pay. In every town where you are welcomed, eat whatever is set before you. Heal those who are sick, and tell the people, ‘The Kingdom of God is near.’

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Luke 10:3–9 “Take care as you go, for I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Do not carry a money bag, traveling sack, or extra pair of sandals. Do not stop to greet anyone on the way. Whenever you enter a house, first greet the family and say, ‘May God’s peace be upon this house.’ If a peace-lover lives there, your blessing will be received, but if not, it will be rejected. Do not move from house to house, but remain in the same place, accepting their hospitality as workers deserving their pay. In every town where you are welcomed, eat whatever is set before you. Heal those who are sick, and tell the people, ‘The Kingdom of God is near.’
King James

Luke 10:3–9 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

“But wherever you are not welcome, take the street out of town and say, ‘As a testimony against you, we wipe your town’s dust from our feet. Nevertheless, you have had the opportunity to know, the Kingdom of God is near.’ I tell you, on Judgment Day, the wicked of Sodom will be better off than that town.

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Luke 10:10–12 “But wherever you are not welcome, take the street out of town and say, ‘As a testimony against you, we wipe your town’s dust from our feet. Nevertheless, you have had the opportunity to know, the Kingdom of God is near.’ I tell you, on Judgment Day, the wicked of Sodom will be better off than that town.
King James

Luke 10:10–12 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 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.

“How terrible it will be for you, Korazin. And for you, Bethsaida. If the miracles I did before you had been seen in Tyre and Sidon, they would have turned to God long ago in sackcloth and ashes. On Judgment Day, Tyre and Sidon will be better off than you. And you in Capernaum who think you are so high and mighty will be brought to the lowest depths.

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Luke 10:13–15 “How terrible it will be for you, Korazin. And for you, Bethsaida. If the miracles I did before you had been seen in Tyre and Sidon, they would have turned to God long ago in sackcloth and ashes. On Judgment Day, Tyre and Sidon will be better off than you. And you in Capernaum who think you are so high and mighty will be brought to the lowest depths.
King James

Luke 10:13–15 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.

“Those who listen to you are listening to me, and those who reject you are rejecting me and the one who sent me.”

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Luke 10:16 “Those who listen to you are listening to me, and those who reject you are rejecting me and the one who sent me.”
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Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

When the seventy-two returned, they said with delight, “Sir, we even commanded the evil spirits in your name.”

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Luke 10:17 When the seventy-two returned, they said with delight, “Sir, we even commanded the evil spirits in your name.”
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Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

“So what?” Jesus said. “I have seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Sure, I have given you authority to trample snakes and scorpions and have power over the enemy, so nothing can harm you in any way. However, you should not rejoice that evil spirits obey your commands. Instead, rejoice because your citizenship in Heaven has been recorded.”

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Luke 10:18–20 “So what,” Jesus said. “I have seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Sure, I have given you authority to trample snakes and scorpions and have power over the enemy, so nothing can harm you in any way. However, you should not rejoice that evil spirits obey your commands. Instead, rejoice because your citizenship in Heaven has been recorded.”
King James

Luke 10:18–20 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Jesus rejoiced in his spirit. “Thank you, Father, ruler of Heaven and Earth, for hiding these things from those who think they are so smart and revealing them to infants of faith. I know, Father, that it pleases you to have it happen this way.”

Eyewitness

Luke 10:21 Jesus rejoiced in his spirit. “Thank you, Father, ruler of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from those who think they are so smart and revealing them to infants of faith. I know, Father, that it pleases you to have it happen this way.”
King James

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

He reminded them of what he had said before. “My Father has entrusted everything to me. Only the Father knows the Son. And the Father is known only by the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” He turned to his disciples as if privately addressing a special group. “How blessed are the eyes that see what you see. I tell you, many prophets and kings have desired to see what you now see, but they never saw it. They longed to hear what you hear, but they did not get to hear it.”

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Luke 10:22–24 He reminded them of what he had said before. “My Father has entrusted everything to me. Only the Father knows the Son. And the Father is known only by the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” He turned to his disciples as if privately addressing a special group. “How blessed are the eyes that see what you see. I tell you, many prophets and kings have desired to see what you now see, but they never saw it. They longed to hear what you hear, but they did not get to hear it.”
King James

Luke 10:22–24 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.