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Welcome to Luke Chapter 10 in our Certainty of Faith series through the Gospel of Luke.
In today’s chapter, Jesus sends out 72 disciples like he did with the 12 and we encounter two really good stories that teach us rich truth about following Jesus. I will summarize most the the chapter to give us time to slowly drink in two passages.
Jesus send out 72 disciples just as he did the 12. Take no money. Take no extras. Just go for a trip healing and proclaiming the kingdom. And they did. The 72 then returned to Jesus and rejoiced at the powerful works of miracles they experienced and Jesus responds in a surprising way.
He tells them, yes, he has given them authority over the power of the enemy, and then he says this, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke then records, Jesus rejoicing in God the Father revealing himself to ordinary people. I imagine he was thinking of ordinary people like fisherman—like Mary and Martha—maybe even like you and me.
And then we come to a famous passage called “the Good Samaritan”
This is where we will begin our scripture listening today.
Before I read, let’s take a moment to focus our minds and hearts on the Lord in preparation for His Word.
Come, Holy Spirit, come, wash us in Your Word.
Luke 10: 25-37
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Take a moment to sit with this story. When have you been like the man on the side of the road? Who helped you?
Who in your life right now, might be like the man on the side of the road?
What is the Spirit prodding you to do?
Our chapter ends with another famous story—Mary and Martha. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet as a disciple, listening to her teacher. Martha was busy taking care of all the serving. Luke called her “distracted with much serving.” Martha complained to Jesus. And instead of Jesus thanking Martha for her hard work he says, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about MANY things, but one thing is necessary.” Jesus then refers to Mary, sitting at his feet. “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Now, obviously, people need to eat. Things need done. But the passage called Martha distracted, anxious, troubled.
Mary rested. Listened. Sat.
I wonder, what is the posture of our heart these days?
Are we distracted? Are we too busy with worry that we miss His presence?
How might you have missed Jesus’ presence today or yesterday?
Take a moment to continue to reflect on either the Good Samaritan or Mary and Martha story. What is the Spirit saying to you through these stories about how you are to live?
Pray about this or whatever is on your heart.
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