Luke 10 [Clear Word]
2A. A SERVICE MOTIVATION
1 Then Jesus picked seventy other disciples from His followers and sent them out two by two to go ahead of Him into every city and town where He and His disciples planned to go. 2 He said to them, "There are many people to be harvested for God's kingdom, but there are so few workers. As you go, ask God to send others to help you. 3 You'll be like innocent lambs going into a pack of hungry wolves, 4 but don't worry. And don't take money, or sandals or a beggar's bag with you, because you'll be taken care of. And don't stand in the marketplace talking with people just to pass the time of day. All this would give the wrong impression about the urgency of your mission. 5 If people invite you to stay with them, let them know that you are truly men of peace. 6 If your host is a man of peace, you'll both be happy. But if your host is a troublemaker, then no matter how good your intentions are, there will be no peace for you in that house. 7 Stay in a peaceful home as long as you need to finish your mission. Don't keep moving from place to place because that will give people the impression that you're hard to please. 8 And do the same in other towns. Graciously accept the lodging, the food and the drink they offer you. 9 In turn, heal their sick and share with them the good news of the kingdom, telling them what it has done for you. 10 If you get to a city or a town where people don't want you to stay, then as you leave tell them why. 11 Speak kindly and say, 'We're not wanted here; that's why we're leaving. We came to offer you the blessings of God's kingdom. Now we're shaking the dust off our sandals to show that we're not responsible for your decision.' 12 It will be more tolerable in the Day of Judgment for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city. 13 I really feel for such cities and towns, especially Chorazin and Bethsaida. They've had the opportunity to know who I am because of the many miracles I worked there. If these same miracles had been done in Gentile cities like Tyre and Sidon, those people would have repented long ago and turned to God. 14 In fact, people in Tyre and Sidon have a greater possibility of being saved than you do. 15 And Capernaum is even worse off. Their pride stands in their way, and they don't even care whether they're saved or not. 16 Remember, if people listen to you, they're really listening to me; if they reject you, they're really rejecting me; when they reject me, they're really rejecting Him who sent me." 17 When the seventy finished their mission, they came back rejoicing and said, "Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we rebuked them in your name." 18 Jesus said, "Satan will soon fall like lightning from the sympathy of angels when they see what he will do to me. 19 Demons are like snakes and scorpions--always ready to strike. But don't be afraid of them, because I have given you power to cast them out, and they will not hurt you. 20 Don't be tempted to focus on your new power or become overconfident, because that will lead to your downfall. Instead, rejoice that your names are written in heaven." 21 Then Jesus rejoiced with them and prayed, "I thank you, Father. Truly you are the Master of heaven and earth. In your wisdom you didn't share your power with the brilliant and successful, but with those who are as innocent as little children. This is the way you always do things. 22 Father, you have trusted me to use your power, because you know me as no one else does; and no one else knows you as I do except those with whom I share it." 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said, "How privileged you are to see the things you have seen. 24 There have been prophets and kings who wanted to see the things you've seen but didn't have that privilege. They longed to hear the things you've heard but didn't have that chance." 25 About that time a certain young lawyer stood up to test Jesus and said, "Master, what do I have to do to be saved?" 26 Jesus looked him in the eye and answered, "What do the Scriptures say and how do you understand them?" 27 He said, "The Scriptures say, 'You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength; then you should love your neighbor as you love yourself.'" 28 Jesus responded, "You've read the Scriptures correctly. Keep on doing this and you'll be given eternal life." 29 But the lawyer tried to justify his lack of love for some people. "Master," he said, "how can I know who my real neighbor is?" 30 Jesus said, "I'll tell you a story. A certain man from Jerusalem left to go down into the valley toward Jericho. While traveling through a desolate area of the canyons, he was attacked by a gang of thieves who beat him up, took his money, stripped him of his clothes, then left him lying in the desert sun half dead. 31 A Jewish priest happened to be traveling that same road on his way to Jerusalem. When he came to the place where the injured man was lying, he decided not to touch him, for he might be dead. This would make the priest ritually unclean and disqualify him for serving in the Temple. Besides, the man might be a Gentile. So he kept on going. 32 Later a Levite traveled along the same road. When he came to the man, he stopped and looked, but after seeing the man's condition and thinking he was dead, the Levite also decided not to defile himself. So he, too, went on his way. 33 Then a Samaritan, a race of people who are hated by the Jews, came along. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and decided to help him, even though he could tell that he was a Jew. 34 He soothed his wounds with a salve made from oil and wine. Then he helped the man get up, mounted him on his donkey and took him to the nearest inn on the outskirts of Jericho where he cared for him all through the night. 35 The next morning before he left, he gave the manager of the place the equivalent of two days' wages and said, "I'd like you to take care of this man until he's well enough to go on. If it costs more than this, I'll pay the difference when I stop here next time." 36 Then Jesus asked the young lawyer, "Which of these three men do you think acted as a neighbor to the wounded man?" 37 The lawyer answered, "The one who cared for him." Jesus replied, "Anyone who needs help is your neighbor. Be ready to do what this Samaritan did." 38 After this, Jesus went to Bethany to stay overnight at Martha's house. She had given Him a standing invitation to stop by any time He needed to get away and get some rest. 39 She had a sister named Mary who enjoyed sitting at His feet, listening to what He had to say. 40 On this occasion, Martha was extremely rushed, trying to get food together for all the hungry men. She finally went to Jesus to complain about her sister who just sat there listening. Martha said, "Lord, don't you care anything about how much work it takes to feed all of these men? The least you can do is tell my sister to help me." 41 Jesus looked at Martha with understanding and said, "Martha, Martha, you are helpful to everyone in need and you're going to great lengths to feed us and make us comfortable. 42 But there are more important things than food and comfort. Mary came to me because she recognizes her need. She has chosen the right thing. What I'm telling her will help her the rest of her life."