The Seventy Disciples Sent Forth.
SUMMARY.--The Harvest Ready but the Laborers Few.
Seventy Preachers Chosen.
The Warning to Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum.
The Return of the Seventy.
The Lawyer's Question.
Who Is My Neighbor?.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Martha and Mary.
1. After these things. All that we can be certain of as to the
time when the seventy were appointed is that it was after the
events Luke has already related. There are reasons for thinking that it
was near the close of our Lord's ministry. It is usually located in the
country east of the Jordan, when the Lord began his last journey to
Appointed seventy others. He had already sent forth the apostles
and he now sent forth seventy preachers more. That he could find
seventy fitted for this mission shows that his teaching was making a
deep impression on the Galileans.
Sent them two and two. That each one might have a helper, a
counsellor and a
Into every city and place. As the time of his earthly ministry
shortened, it increased in earnestness and activity. The Lord in person
visited as many places as possible, and these messengers were sent
before to preach to the people and to prepare the way.
2. The harvest truly is great. See notes on
where the same language is used, not on the same, but a similar
3-12. Go your ways. The instructions to the seventy are in
substance the same as those given to the twelve in
Matthew, chapter 10.
See notes on
Matthew is fuller.
Salute no man
by the way. The Jewish salutations were very formal,
hypocritical, and consumed much time. It is said that it often required
from one to three hours to complete these formal salutations. The
disciples were not to consume thus their precious time, nor did the
Savior wish them to go through with foolish and insincere forms.
Peace be to this house. The usual form of blessing when
entering a house as a guest.
Son of peace. One who is worthy of such a blessing and
hospitality receives the messengers of the Lord.
13-15. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! See notes on
It is thought that this is a repetition of the words used on a former
occasion, in order to emphasize the sin of rejecting the messengers of
16. He that heareth you, heareth me. See notes on
where we have the same solemn and suggestive declaration.
17-20The seventy returned with joy. How long after they were sent
forth is unknown.
Even the devils are subject unto us in thy name. In accordance with
the promise made to the twelve
and probably repeated to the seventy. All was wrought by the power of
I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. Various
interpretations of this statement are
given, but it is probable that Christ refers to the original fall of
(Isa. 14:12; Jude 6).
The victory of his disciples over the demons is the harbinger of
another fall, when Satan and all his works shall be destroyed.
To tread upon serpents and scorpions. Evidently an allusion
to the promise that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's head
It is a promise of victory over the power of sin, of victory over
all the power of the enemy. The connection shows that it is
Rejoice not in your own power. Judas had this power in
But rather rejoice. In the hope of salvation. The greatest of
all subjects of rejoicing is that we are the children of God.
21, 22. I thank thee, Father. See
The same language is probably uttered here a second time.
23, 24. See notes on
Matt. 13:16, 17.
A similar occasion calls for the same language here recorded.
25-29. The parable of the Good Samaritan, as well as that of the
Prodigal Son and Lazarus and Dives, are given only by Luke.
A certain lawyer. One versed in the Jewish law, a theologian, a
scribe, and possibly a rabbi.
Tempted him. Put him to trial.
What shall I do to inherit eternal life? He probably had noted
that Jesus was calling sinners to repentance, but he fancied that he
belonged to another class, and hence asks, What shall I do?
What is written? The Lord calls on the lawyer to state his
own understanding of the law.
Thou shalt love the Lord. The lawyer answered
well and gave the sum of the whole law. See
Deut. 6:4, 5 and Lev. 19:18.
This do and thou shalt live. He who fulfills the great law
of love is born again. There is no inconsistency. We repent and
live, believe and live, obey and live, and love
and live. For these are all co-related. One cannot exist without the
others. We cannot love God unless we believe and repent. "He that loves
me will keep my words"
Willing to justify himself. Evidently conscious that he did
not keep the law of love.
Who is my neighbour? The Lord answers by a parable.
30-37. A certain man. A Jew of Jerusalem.
Went down. It was a constant descent from Jerusalem to Jericho,
over 3,000 feet in eighteen miles.
Fell among robbers. The road is a dark, desolate, mountain pass,
dangerous then, so beset by robbers still that no traveler dares go
through it without a guard.
Which stripped him. Not only of raiment, but of all he had; then
left him, stunned, bleeding, unconscious, nearly dead.
A certain priest. Jericho was a city of priests. A priest
ought to be a holy man. The law commanded mercy and help to a neighbor
(Exod. 23:4-5; Deut. 22:1-4).
The priest and Levite both disregarded the law in passing the poor
Likewise a Levite. A temple minister. He probably excused
himself by the example of his priest.
A certain Samaritan. The hereditary enemy of the Jews;
despised and hated by the latter. "The Jews and Samaritans have no
If any man had excuse for passing the wounded Jew by it was the
Samaritan. But he, unlike the priest and Levite,
had compassion. His compassion leads to action, to
self-denial, and inconvenience. He dresses the man's wounds, sets him
on his own beast, carries him to the inn, and when he left, left money
for his care. For ancient inns, see note on
Two pence was two days' wages, and there was promise of
Which of these three . . . proved neighbour? The
stranger became the neighbor. So we are to be neighbors to all who need
help. Christian love must know no narrow bounds of race or sect.
Genuine philanthropy is a Christian spirit.
38. Entered into a certain village. Bethany, the home of Mary,
Martha and Lazarus. It is probable that this incident is not related in
its order of time. It may have occurred on the last journey.
39. Sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word. Martha seems to
have been mistress of the house. Her thought was to entertain the Lord;
Mary's to hear his word; both commendable; the latter, best.
40. Dost thou not care? Her sister seemed to her negligent and
selfish, when her apparent neglect was do to the absorption in the
41, 42. Thou art anxious and troubled. Agitated over temporal
matters while there are others more important.
One thing is needful. Jesus cared nothing for bodily
indulgence. The important thing was the bread of life. That, Mary had
chosen. Heed the lesson that he who receives most of his word
and spirit, is most pleasing in his sight.