Read Luke 10:1-24, Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two, again. Use the following 3 questions to better understand the passage, and write down any questions that come to your mind.
1. Jesus tells the 72 not to take money or supplies or to greet anyone on the road (v. 4), to eat anything that is set before them and not to move from house to house (v. 7), and to tell any town that does not welcome them that they will wipe even their dust from their feet (v. 11). These directions all point to the urgency of the work He is sending them to do: He does not want them to waste time or energy on planning, customs, or trying to convince people who are unreceptive. Are there any areas of your life that come to mind as places you might be over-thinking and under-doing?
2. Jesus tells the 72 to "ask the Lord of the harvest...to send out workers into his harvest field" (v. 2). Later, he calls down curses on Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum: 3 Jewish cities where He performed miracles and taught, but in which the people did not repent (turn around). They wanted to be brought to their former glory and see their enemies trampled; Jesus was telling them to love their enemies and invite them into the kingdom.
Jesus said that if the ancient Gentile cities of Sodom (Gen. 19), and Tyre, and Sidon (Ez. 26-28) had seen what these cities had seen, they would have turned and not been destroyed. This falls into the common theme of outsiders accepting what Jesus taught while those who thought they were already in demanded he fit into their plans. In what ways have you seen Christians of today repeat this mistake? Are there any areas where you have fallen into this yourself?
3. When the 72 return to Jesus, they excitedly tell Him that even the demons submit to them in His Name (v. 17). He responds by telling them not to "rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." What does this tell you about how God wants us to view our time here?