49 The really important thing

Luke 10:1-20
Isaiah 4:1-6

T 70 chosen disciples

 "Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come." (1) The text of this morning is the article of only Luke, and it is to dispatch disciples of 70 for the propagation. Matthew and Mark did not take up this article; and there is an opinion that it is hash-up of 12 apostles dispatch (9:1-5). However, by the plural old manuscripts, they are 72 people, it is delicate which is the original; but anyway, we may hear this is a testimony of Luke, as it is a fact such numerical disciples have been sent to towns villages in the same way as 12 apostles. Such document came to Luke. A certain person says there were a document of 12 apostle dispatch and a document of the disciples dispatch of 70 people and such two kinds documents were in the hand of Luke; probably, it is right. Luke considered both were "important", and arranged and placed both articles. I want to investigate such consciousness of Luke.

 I might have said a slightly difficult thing, but would Luke tie the church formation to this article? He seems to say that these 70 people are apostles same as 12 people totally. It is written about the important work of Stephanos and Philippos and of Aquila and Priscilla, in Acts. And this consciousness of Luke seems to just appear in Acts clearly. Possibly, Stephanos and Philippos might have been among these 70 people, I imagine it so.

 By the way, it seems that a large number of disciples shared an action with Jesus so as to be able to choose 70 people at this time; probably most of them were people who left from Him once, and returned after Jesus had come back from Caesarea Philippi. Therefore, close instructions were necessary to send them. In the case of 12 apostles, such the instructions would be unnecessary, because they have been trained with many time by Him. They were said, "Do like Jesus did"; it was enough. However, the circumstances that He must appoint insufficient disciples of the training as occurred. The remaining time of Jesus decreased. Luke assigned more than nine chapters (22 pages) from here to entering Jerusalem (19:29-40), to go to the patrol to towns villages; however, it was necessary to use such many pages for to go to Jerusalem. These large number of disciples carry one end of the such role, and it is continued to the same function of church formation.


U Expanse of the Gospel

 When we watch consciousness of Luke who inserted this article in this way, even if we do not inquire into close instructions, we will be able to understand it, I think. "Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way. And whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.' And if a man of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return to you. And stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. And whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat what is set before you; " (3-8) Primarily, it was said about "greetings" and "food"; it is because Jesus hoped that they will go to the area of foreigner. In the greetings with different races, there were different manners in culture, and as for the food for Jews, there were many difficult rules, and it caused the trouble when wrong. As for "Eating and drinking what they give you", it is thought Jesus has taken away that rule. Because it is said thus, "to every city and place where He Himself was going to come", from here, it seems to hear a wish of Jesus and Luke to make a church at the land of foreigner, too.

 "And heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 'Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city." (9-12) Sodom was judged because of pleasure and a thing of betrayal by God and was a ruined big city (Genesis Chapter 19). It is the symbol of the town of the betrayal in the Old Testament. "It will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city" ; it is said that the town (person) which does not listen to the Gospel of Jesus will have to prepare for the strong judgment of God. Such person is avoided determinedly from the God's country.


V The really important thing

 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgement, than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades!" (13-15)
 This will be sadness of Jesus that leaked unintentionally rather than the teaching to 70 disciples. Bethsaida and Capernaum, both were towns of Galilee that Jesus worked with power in there. Chorazin comes out here only, but it is near Capernaum; and probably, it is thought it would be one of the activity base of Jesus. Such towns are seen with the eyes which are so stern. Expectation in response to an invitation of the Gospel would be big so much. However, they did not answer that expectation. Tyre and Sidon were places of foreigner in a town of the Canaanite at the Mediterranean coast, but Jesus has ever visited there. Jesus admired for the word of a woman of the Canaanite in Tyre, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs (the person who is not a Jew) feed on the crumbs which fall from their master's table.", and He said "O woman, your faith is great." (Matthew 15:21-28). It might be in His mind.

 "The one who listens to you "listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me." (16) They were sent in the same way as 12 apostles; and they took full power of Jesus who sent them.

 How much period would it be? Probably, because it was in the middle way to Jerusalem, it was thought not a so long period, but they worked absorbedly and came back with pleasure. "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name" (17) However, Jesus said. "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (18-20) By using the name of Jesus, they would be so pleasant, because demons turned pale and dispersed. Anyway, because they took full power of Jesus and used that power... However, Jesus admonished them, their name was written in the heaven, it was much more marvelous than such a thing. Yes, it is. We often demand a visible fruit such as a lot of people gathering, but a really important thing is a blessing of God invisible. We also want to continue looking at that invisible place with eyes of the faith, don't you?