Luke 10. Forum Discussion

Protection

Chapter 10 covers:

  • How Jesus appointed 70 followers to be sent out in pairs ahead of Him, “To every city and place where He Himself was going to come.”
  • The return of the 70.
  • The Good Samaritan.
  • The contrast between Martha and Mary.

Luke’s account of the 70 followers is a great example of why studying all 4 of the Gospels is important. Mathew, Mark and John do not share this story in their Gospels. As we have previously discussed, Luke’s Gospel is the longest and most comprehensive of the four gospels.

Luke writes that Jesus:

“Sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.” – Luke 10:1.

That’s no small undertaking. Imagine that every city Jesus visited would first have been visited by the 70. Jesus gave them power to, “Tread on serpents and scorpions,” and to heal all the sick in cities where they were received.

When the 70 returned, they reported back to Jesus:

“Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Jesus replied, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” – Luke 10:18-20.

It seems that Jesus was well pleased with the work of these 70 followers. Their work was rendering Satan ineffective in the cities they visited. Try to think about what it would have been like to be among this chosen group. To hear Jesus say He has given them authority over all the power of the enemy, and that nothing will injure them must have been amazing to hear.

To recap:

  • Jesus gave the 70 instructions.
  • Jesus told them that they would be protected and that He had given them the power they would need in their journeys.

What about us?

What instructions has Jesus given us?

  • Keep His commandments – John 14-15.
  • Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind – Mathew 22:37.
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves – Mathew 22:39.

Are we protected like the 70 were? Consider the following scriptures:

  • “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
  • “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13.
  • “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6.
  • “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10.
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1.

How blessed we are to have all of God’s commandments readily available for us to study and put into action. And how comforting it is to know that God is always there to protect us.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 11, and Jesus’ example on how to pray. May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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Adam Gideon Pedzisayi

Thanks for a powerful exposition and an in depth analysis of the word of God in Luke 10, were our Lord sends the 70 on a mission which also typifies our role in the great commission. After preparing them teaching them and sound doctrinated them into his own carbon copies, he sends them a away ahead of him to the cities that he himself was going to come. I have arrived to an interesting revelation after reading this portion of the scripture which can be better explained by the use of the analogy of personal documents. We all have our IDs and whenever we apply for a job, we make photocopies which we will send as part of any application for an interview. So they are many photocopies but one original and a copies can't be authentic without the original, because it's made from the original and in this case it's Jesus Christ.
Because they were ambassadors of christ and acted in the interest of the kingdom, the devil's domain was shakened in those places they went, and The Lord saw it, and he said "I saw the devil falling like a lightning", their preaching was so powerful that it weakened and destroyed the throne of the devil that it couldn't hold henceforth he fall and demons came into submission to the power of God, as they're being chased by the disciples. The disciples themselves were amazed by the fact that the evil spirits were submitting to their authorities and command, but Jesus was quick to illuminate and shed some light to their attention to focus on the the most important thing which is in line with the will of God that is the kingdom. In Matt 7:21-22, Jesus warned his desciples about risking to loss their places in the kingdom of God, as he said, "21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

We are called to be more focused on the making the kingdom know through Christ, we thrive on borrowed authority and this can only be put into effect for as long as we remain connected to Jesus. When evil spirits submits they are not submitting to us but the authority in the name Jesus, as philippians 2:8-10 states, "21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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The Bible says that God will strengthen and protect us from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). Does that mean that God will never let anything bad happen to us?

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Michael
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No. God allows us to be tempted and to experience hardship so that we may mature and reach our potential as Christians. But He will not allow us to be tempted beyond that which we are able to handle, and always provides a way to escape.

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John
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Mathew 5:45 says:

"For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

Bad things happen to good people.

And good things happen to bad people.

But God is over it all. If something bad is happening to us, He is aware of it. Watching over us. Ready to protect us if necessary.

Sometimes we must endure hardship to grow, or as a way for God to discipline us.

We must remember that God's love is what is important. When this life is over, we will be with the Father in paradise, forever!

Our life on earth is a blink of an eye compared to that.

That is why life is so much more fulfilling when we live for the things above. Not for the things of this earth.

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