· After sending out the twelve 12 disciples, Jesus sends out another 7
· They are to go in pairs ahead of Jesus to every city where He was going to come.
· Jesus told them to pray for more laborers for the harvest.
· They would be lambs in the midst of wolves
· Jesus instructed them to carry no money, bag or shoes and greet no one on the way
· They were to go and stay at houses of peace, eating their food
· Once there, they were to heal the sick and preach the kingdom
· If they were not received they were to wipe the dust of their feet and let them know that the kingdom has come near.
· Jesus pronounces there will be a judgment on Judean cities who don’t receive them much like there was a judgment Sodom and Tyre and Sidon.
· Those who listen to the 70 listen to Jesus and those who reject the 70 reject Jesus and God.
· The seventy returned with joy because demons were subject to them in Jesus name.
· Jesus told them he gave them authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing would injure them.
· But he told them not to rejoice in their new found power but in their salvation.
· Jesus greatly rejoiced and praised his Father in heaven.
· He praised God that God revealed himself to infants and not to the wise and the intelligent.
· He told the disciples they were blessed to see the things they had seen
· Then a lawyer stood up and asked a great question: “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
· Jesus responded with a questions… what do you know from the law?
· The lawyer said we are to love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.
· Jesus told him he was correct – “Do this and you will live.”
· But then the lawyer asked him a clarifying question “And who is my neighbor?”
· Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan
· A neighbor is anyone who needs mercy
· Loving your neighbor means giving of your time, talents, and resources to help them because your heart is filled with compassion.
· Jesus then modeled what He taught.
· They were traveling and a woman named Martha welcomed Jesus into her home – a house of peace.
· Martha’s sister Mary sits at Jesus feet listening to Him.
· Martha is disgruntled that she has to do all the preparing and serving on her own and she complains to Jesus.
· But Jesus tells her that Mary has chosen what is good.
1. Identify houses/people of peace in my neighborhood, at school where I work, and at soccer…places where I might share about God and His kingdom. I so often don’t try or don’t want to know. I stand convicted that I have not been as faithful as I need to be in this area.
2. Be available to love people in costly ways like the good Samaritan did.
3. Take time to be with Jesus each day to hear his voice and be renewed in Him.
Lord I have been living in my neighborhood for almost 13 years now. We do know some houses of peace and some houses that have not receive you. But I sense you are stirring in my heart a desire to know even more of my neighbors. I also believe I am to persevere in reaching out to two of neighbors. Help me Lord. Help me follow your Spirit and be obedient. Fill my heart with love and compassion for my neighborhood. Give me opportunities to reach out to my two neighbors in particular and get to know more of my neighbors in general. Help me figure out ways to do that. Help me to be a bold witness of grace and goodness. Help me to not fear rejection. And Lord, I thank you that Mike was able to meet the widow in our neighborhood – the one with the old pinto. I pray in particular for a chance to have her over to our home and get to know her better. Show me ways this week I can serve people like the good Samaritan. I’m afraid to even pray that prayer because loving people like that is costly. But I pray it anyway, knowing you will help me. And help me to be like Mary and spend time at your feet each day.
Posted on Wed, January 14, 2015
by Karen Miller