Jesus Sent Out Seventy
Luke 10:1-15 NLTse The Lord now chose seventy other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. (2) These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. (3) Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. (4) Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road. (5) “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ (6) If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. (7) Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay. (8) “If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. (9) Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ (10) But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, (11) ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this–the Kingdom of God is near!’ (12) I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day. (13) “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. (14) Yes, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. (15) And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.”
I always like to begin looking at a chapter by comparing the introduction to the summation. Here we see Jesus sending out seventy more disciples to harvest, which is the first key word we see. Jesus gave explicit instructions to place a blessing on a home or wipe the dust from their feet if the town does not welcome them. Then Jesus compared a town that rejected them to Sodom. We’ll get into more detail when we examine the introduction.
The summation told a story about two woman Jesus visited. When we compare it to the introduction, we can see both women accepted Jesus. They invited Him into their home. But they had different ways of accepting Jesus. Martha wanted to tend to Jesus’ needs in the form of dinner. Mary wanted to honor Jesus by listening to Him and learning.
We see a form of contrasts in the introduction and summation. Homes that accepted those disciples and towns that rejected them. Then we see different ways of accepting Jesus. Those detailed provided clues telling us how to study and what details need extra attention.
Examine chapters by first comparing the introduction to the summation. This will give you clues by telling you want to look for within that chapter. If they are contrasts, the chapter will have contrasting stories and characters teaching the same lesson. If the introduction contains contrasts, the summation will most likely contain a contract. When you see this, stories within the chapter will also contain contrasts. The literal form of the introduction and summation will show what types of details to pay special attention to.
Compare introductions from a series of chapters in numeric sequence, such as chapter 9 and 10. If chapters share the same or similar introductions, it is a repeat of the same lesson. The inspired author is drawing attention to the same subject because additional information is being provided. The series of stories in each connecting chapter are arranged to add details and emphasis to the same lesson.