Luke 10: Seventy-Two Disciples Sent

To how many places did Jesus send the large group of disciples? Why did he send them ahead of his arrival in those towns?

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Luke 10:1 Jesus chose another seventy-two disciples, sending them in pairs to every town and community where he planned to visit.
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Luke 10:1 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.

Of what benefit is praying for more laborers?

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Luke 10:2 “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 10:2 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.

Why did Jesus say their mission would be dangerous? How did that affect their willingness to go?

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Luke 10:3 “Take care as you go, for I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves.
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Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Why were they not to stop anywhere on the way?

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Luke 10:4 “Do not carry a money bag, traveling sack, or extra pair of sandals. Do not stop to greet anyone on the way.”
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Luke 10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

How is a peace lover different from others?

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Luke 10:5–6 “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.”
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Luke 10:5–6 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.

Why stay in one house and not move from acceptable place to another?

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Luke 10:7 “Do not move from house to house, but remain in the same place, accepting their hospitality as workers deserving their pay.”
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Luke 10:7 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.

Why did Jesus tell his disciples that they should eat whatever food was served?

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Luke 10:8 “In every town where you are welcomed, eat whatever is set before you.”
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Luke 10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

What was the content of the disciples’ message: “The Kingdom of God Is Near”?

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Luke 10:9 “Heal those who are sick, and tell the people, ‘The Kingdom of God is near.'”
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Luke 10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

If the disciples were ministers of mercy, seeking to help others, why would they be rejected in any town? Of what consequence was that rejection?

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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.”
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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.

If Tyre and Sidon would have repented at the sight of the miracles done in Bethsaida, why didn’t Jesus do more miracles in Tyre and Sidon?

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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.”
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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.

How was accepting the disciples the same as accepting Jesus?

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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.

What does it mean to do something “in Jesus’ name”? Why did the evil spirits obey the disciples’ commands?

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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.”
10:19 “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.”
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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.
10:19 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.

When did Jesus see Satan fall?

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Isaiah 14:12–15 Oh, Lucifer, Son of the Morning. How great your fall from Heaven was. The conqueror of nations has been cast to Earth because you said in your heart, I will rise to the highest place in Heaven, exalting my throne above the stars. I will rise to the mountain peak where all look up to me. I will rise above the clouds and be like God. But you will be plunged to death in the depths of the abyss.
Luke 10:18 “So what,” Jesus said. “I have seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky.”
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Isaiah 14:12–15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

What is wrong with boasting about our achievements?

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Luke 10:20 “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 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Why is God pleased to use ignorant and weak instead of the intelligent and mighty?

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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.”
1 Corinthians 1:26–27 Friends, look at what you know about God’s purpose for your lives, and you will see that he seldom calls people according to their superior talents or social status. God uses what the world regards as foolishness to embarrass those who think they are so smart. Through our weaknesses, he will do mighty things that confound those who hold positions of power.
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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.
1 Corinthians 1:26–27 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

How is the Father revealed in the Son?

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Luke 10:22 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.”
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God. However, his Son, who came from him, has revealed him to us.
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Luke 10:22 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.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

What did the prophets long to see and hear?

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Luke 10:23–24 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 10:23–24 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.

Why might a teacher of the Law want to test Jesus? What did the teacher think of Jesus’ answer?

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Luke 10:25–29 One day, a teacher of the Law stood up from the crowd to test Jesus. “Teacher, what should I do to receive eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” Jesus said. “How do you read it?”
“You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. And you must love your neighbor as yourself.”
“That’s right. If you do that, you will have eternal life.”
Wanting to justify himself, the man said to Jesus, “And how do I know who my neighbors are?”
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Luke 10:25–29 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Who was the man who was beaten and left for dead?

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Luke 10:30 “A man once went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers who took his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead beside the road.”
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Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Why didn’t the priest or Levite offer help?

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Luke 10:31–32 “A priest happened to be going that way. When he saw the bleeding man, he walked by on the other side. After that, a Levite came, saw the man’s injuries, and also walked by on the other side.
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Luke 10:31–32 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

What is the significance that the beaten man was helped by a Samaritan?

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Luke 10:33–36 “A Samaritan traveler saw the man suffering and was moved with compassion. He went to him, used wine and oil to cleanse and soothe his wounds, and stopped the bleeding with bandages. He lifted him onto his own donkey and took him to the inn, where he cared for him. The next morning, he left two days’ wages with the innkeeper, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If you spend more, I will reimburse your expenses when I return.’ Which of the three travelers do you think was a neighbor to the man who was robbed and beaten?”
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Luke 10:33–36 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

What motivated the Samaritan to help?

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Luke 10:33–36 “A Samaritan traveler saw the man suffering and was moved with compassion. He went to him, used wine and oil to cleanse and soothe his wounds, and stopped the bleeding with bandages. He lifted him onto his own donkey and took him to the inn, where he cared for him. The next morning, he left two days’ wages with the innkeeper, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If you spend more, I will reimburse your expenses when I return.’ Which of the three travelers do you think was a neighbor to the man who was robbed and beaten?”
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Luke 10:33–36 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Do you think the teacher of the Law understood and followed Jesus’ words? Why?

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Luke 10:37 The teacher of the Law said, “The one who helped the man.”
Jesus said, “Go and do the same thing.”
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Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Who came for dinner at Martha’s house? How had she come to know Jesus?

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Luke 10:38 As they journeyed, Jesus and his disciples came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her house.
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Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

In what ways was Mary different from her sister?

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Luke 10:39–42 Mary, Martha’s sister, sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to him teach.
Martha was frantic, trying to get everything ready for the evening meal. “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has left all the work for me to do alone? Tell her she should come help me.”
Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and frustrated over so many trivialities, but only one thing is most important. Mary has chosen what is best—that which will never be taken from her.”
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Luke 10:39–42 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Why didn’t Martha address her concerns with her sister rather than Jesus?

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Luke 10:40 Martha was frantic, trying to get everything ready for the evening meal. “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has left all the work for me to do alone? Tell her she should come help me.”
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Luke 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

What did Martha do after hearing Jesus’ response?

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Luke 10:41–42 Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and frustrated over so many trivialities, but only one thing is most important. Mary has chosen what is best—that which will never be taken from her.”
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Luke 10:41–42 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.