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Important: This is not a translation or paraphrase, but a story based on Luke 10.
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After this Jesus commissioned seventy-two other disciples. He send them out in groups of two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was intending to go.
He instructed them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Owner of the harvest to send out many workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs walking among wolves. Do not take any money or a knapsack, or extra shoes and do not waste time talking to people along the road.”
Jesus continued, “When you are invited to stay in a home, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, your peace will return to you. Stay in the house you first enter, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for a worker is worth his pay. Do not move around trying to find a home you like better.”
“When you enter a town, “Jesus added, “and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and let them know that , ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ But if you enter a town and are not welcomed, go to the town meeting place and declare, ‘Even the dirt of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you, but you should still know that the kingdom of God is near.’ I tell you that the evil town of Sodom will be treated better on the day of judgment than that town!”
Jesus looked around with both sadness and anger as He said, “Grief will be yours, Korazin! Grief will be yours, Bethsaida! Because if the miracles that were done in you have been down in Tyre and Sidon, they would have been sorry for and abandoned their evil acts long ago, weeping and showing their sorrow for their sinful actions. But as it is Tyre and Sidon will have a better time on judgment day than you. And you, Capernaum, you think you are so great that you touch the sky. I tell you, you will be plunged to the depths!”
Looking back to His disciples, Jesus said, “The person who listens to you, listens to Me. The person who rejects you, rejects Me and the person who rejects Me rejects the One Who sent Me.”
When the seventy-two disciples returned from their mission, they were full of joy and reported, “Lord, even the demons did what we told them to in Your Name!”
Jesus rejoiced with them and said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample under your feet snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy. Nothing can harm you. However, do not be happy because the demons must obey you, instead you should rejoice because your names are written down in heaven as belonging to God.”
At that time Jesus, joyful in the Holy Spirit, prayed, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden true spiritual things from the wise and learned people, and revealed them to people like little children. Yes, Father, doing this was what made You happy.”
Talking again to His disciples, He said, “All things have been given to Me by My Father. No one knows Who the Son of God is except the Father, and no one knows Who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”
One time, when Jesus was speaking, an expert in the Law of God wanted to test Jesus’ knowledge so he asked Him, “Teacher, what do I have to do to get eternal life?”
Jesus turned the questions back to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you understand it?”
He answered with two Old Testament quotes, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and 'Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Jesus nodded His approval, “Your answer is right. If you do that, you will have eternal life.”
The man did not want to appear foolish for asking a question he already knew the answer to, so he asked for clarification, “Who is my neighbour?”
Jesus told a story to illustrate His answer:
There was a man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho. As he was going along some robbers attacked him, stripped off his clothes, beat him, and left him wounded and bleeding on the side of the road. It so happened that an important religious leader was travelling on the same road, but when he saw the hurt man he crossed to the other side of the road and continued on. Later, a local religious leader was also walking along that road. He, too, saw the man and quickly crossed to the other side of the road and hurried on. But a foreigner, from a despised country, was on a business trip and saw the man unconscious on the road. He took pity on him. Tenderly he bandaged the man’s wounds as best as he could, helped him to get on his own donkey. He lead him to an inn and took care of him all night. The next he had to leave but he paid for extra nights and took the innkeeper, “Please, look after him and when I come back, I will pay you whatever extra expenses there are.
With a smile, Jesus eyes the expert in the Law, “Which of these three people to you think was a neighbour to the robber’s victim?”
The expert in the Law answered, “The one who had mercy on him.”
“Then you should go and do the same thing,” Jesus told him.
As Jesus and His disciples were travelling, they came to a village where a woman named Martha invited them into her home. She had a sister named Mary. Mary came and sat be the feet of Jesus so she could hear everything He was saying. Martha, on the other hand, was busy cooking and getting ready for the dinner. It frustrated her that Mary was not helping.
Finally she went up to Jesus, “Lord, don’t You are that my sister is letting me do all the work? Please, tell her to help me!”
Jesus looked at Mary sitting and listening so attentively to everything He said and then back at Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many details. You want everything to be perfect. But only one thing is really important. Mary has chosen what is best and I am not going to deprive her of it.” He smiled, “A simple dinner is fine.”
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