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Christmas Reflections: Walk Through Luke - Chapter 10



The Gospel of Luke tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.


December 10

Day 10

Luke chapter 10

There are 24 chapters in this book

They bring us through the story of Jesus - the reason for this season.


I also include in the bottom or comments some “extras” like short videos and songs that you may have never heard (or artists you may not know) that resonate with me during this holiday time.


Each post will start with who is who so that you can get a solid understanding of what this chapter is about. I encourage you to read the chapter in your own Bible after you read this. If you don’t have a Bible there are lots of free apps. I use several versions in my studying to ensure I have a full understanding of what I’ve read.


This is my commentary.


Who was Luke?

A physician, a researcher, a traveling friend of Paul (mentioned in Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24), perhaps someone researching facts to help the legal case for Paul while in prison in Rome, a non-Jew, the only Gentile author of a book in the New Testament. He penned not only Luke, but also Acts.


New characters continue to be introduced - new in this chapter:

* 72 more disciples

* More unnamed villagers

* An unnamed teacher of the law (Pharisee)

* A man, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan

* Martha and her sister Mary


WHAT HE SAID

Did you know Jesus didn’t have just 12 disciples? This chapter starts out saying that he sent 72 more disciples out 2 by 2 to every town and village he would soon visit. He told them:


  1. “many people are ready to receive God’s message.

  2. They are like plants with ripe seeds but

  3. there are not enough farmers to harvest the crops.

  4. You must pray to God to send out more workers into the fields as the plants and the fields belong to Him.

  5. I’m sending you out - so GO!

  6. But listen first - you will be like tiny baby lambs amidst a pack of wolves.

  7. Don’t bring anything with you

  8. When you meet people on the road don’t stop for idle chit chat

  9. When you arrive at a house tell the people “I pray that all will be well with you”

  10. If the person accepts that - stay there until you go to the next place - don’t jump from house to house

  11. If the person doesn’t accept your words - leave without starting a commotion. God will take care of them later

  12. Accept the food and drink you’re given as you are working to help them

  13. Make the sick people well

  14. Tell EVERYONE the kingdom of God has now come near you - right to your doorstep


Jesus went on to say “you people in Chorazin, things will be bad for you. And people in Bethsaida - I did great and powerful things for you. If I had done those things in Tyre and Sidon, they would have changed how they lived and shown they were sorry for their sins. They would have put on clothes made from goats hair and put ash on their heads. What will happen to the people in Capernaum? You think God will lift you to heaven - but he’ll throw you down to hell.”


Then Jesus said to his disciples, “anyone who listens to you is really listening to me. Whoever doesn’t accept you, doesn’t accept me. Whoever doesn’t accept me, doesn’t accept my Father who sent me.”

Friends - this May very well be the most critical part of this chapter. Read that paragraph above again.


Later, the 72 returned happy and said “even bad spirits obey us and when we use Your name they do what we say.”


Jesus told them, “I’ve personally seen the devil fall from the sky like lightning. I’ve given power to you and you’ll be able to stand on snakes and scorpions and have all all authority over the assault from the enemy so nothing will hurt you. However don’t be happy just because you have the authority to do these things. God has written your names in the book of life in Heaven and that is why you should be happy. It’s not about what you DO, it’s about who you ARE, and Who you belong to.”


At that moment, the Holy Spirit made Jesus very happy and He said, “Father, You reign over everything in Heaven and on earth. People who didn’t know much now know and can understand your message. I thank you for this, but you’ve hidden things from other people and they think they know and understand everything. Father - this is how you wanted it to happen.”


He went on to say, “My Father gave me authority over all things. Only the Father really knows who I am - His son. I know who the Father is because I’m His son. I also choose to tell some people about Him - and they also know Him.”


Then He turned and only spoke to his 12 disciples privately and said “be happy because of the things you are now able to see and understand because many prophets and Kings from long ago wanted to see these things you’ve seen and hear things you’ve heard and they didn’t have a chance.


TRICK QUESTION

A teacher of the law wanted to trip Jesus up and said “I’d like an answer to this question. What must I do to live with God forever?”


Jesus looked at the man and said “what does the book of Law say? What do you understand when you read it?”


The man said “it says to love the Lord with all of your everything. Completely. With all our mind, with all that we are, and in all that we do. We should also love other people as much as we love ourselves.”

Jesus said “right. If you do this you will have true life with God.”


The man wasn’t satisfied and wanted to find a loophole. So he asked “who are my neighbors? The people near me that I must love?”


Jesus answered with this story:

There was a man traveling on a road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Some robbers attacked him, took his clothes and everything he had, beat him with sticks and left him in a ditch for dead.


Shortly after a priest thankfully was walking down the same road and saw the man - but didn’t want to get involved and crossed the road to the other side.

Then a Levite man luckily was taking the same walk but did the same thing when he saw the man.


Gives a whole new meaning to “why did the chicken cross the road.”

These men intentionally crossed the road and ignored the needs of the man.


Then a man from Samaria was walking and as soon as he came upon the man, his heart felt for him. He administered first aid by pouring wine and oil to disinfect the wounds and stop the bleeding, wrapped him with clean cloths, and put him on his own donkey carefully taking him to the closest Inn.


He took great care to be careful with the man and gave the hotel 2 silver coins, told them to take care of whatever the man needed, and that surely it would cost more than the coins but he’d be back with more money to pay the debt in full.


MATH QUIZ

Then Jesus looked at the group and asked a question “3 men saw this man suffering on the side of the road. Which one showed love and compassion like a real friend?” He answered for them and said “it was the man who was kind. You should go and do the same for people.”


TWO SISTERS

Jesus and the followers continued on their journey and arrived at his friend Martha’s house. She invited him and the friends in, as did her sister Mary who sat right at the feet of Jesus to listen to him talk and teach. Martha started to feel frustrated and angry thinking to herself about how she had to work alone in the kitchen to prepare food for these visitors. She interrupted Jesus and said “my sister isn’t helping me and left me to do all the work. You can’t really think that’s ok! Master tell her to help me!”


Jesus said kindly but sternly - “Martha dear Martha, your mind is troubled about a lot of things and you’re getting worked up about nothing. Only 1 thing is important and Mary has chosen to do that. Nobody will take that away from her. “


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Tomorrow chapter 11


PRAYER

Lord thank you for your word. Thank you for sending people out. When I ask to be sent, thank you for guiding and protecting me since a lamb can’t survive in a pack of wolves without you. Thank you for revealing the hearts of those I meet. Help me to not waste idle time with the people you are not sending me to. Thank you also for the people you ARE sending me to. May they see you in me. May they hear you when I speak. Thank you that you’re enough and that no matter what I do - all that matters is that you already chose me. Help me to not turn a blind eye and to love others as you love me. And lastly Lord - I want to serve well like Martha but also not get so caught up in the serving - that I don’t focus on the One being served.

Amen.


MUSIC - the universal language

Here’s a song to welcome us to this day:

This song is beautiful- please listen and you’ll see how it ties to the message today https://youtu.be/C2U7ffUM5Ec


EXTRAS:

Story of the Samaritan


Really good summary of the chapters up until now:

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