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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 10



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Verses 1-12

Jesus Commissions Seventy Disciples - In Luke 10:1-12 Jesus gives another seventy disciples the same commission that He had given the twelve in Luke 9:1-6. This story is unique to the Gospels and emphasizes the secondary theme of Luke , which is the training of the disciples to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

The Testimony of Arthur Blessitt- Arthur Blessitt has carried the Cross around the world since 1969. He has a wooden cross into every nation on earth. He tells the story of how the Lord used Luke 10:1-12 to show him a principle of how to enter a country and respond to the people. When he first landed on the west coast of Africa in the early 1970's to walk across Africa, a local missionary told him a number of precautions. He was not to eat the food nor drink the water of the local people lest he get sick. He was not to bathe in the river because of parasites. Arthur was cautioned about this and about that. Being troubled that night about such warnings, as he was getting ready to embark on a journey across the poorest continent on earth, he decided to open the Bible for a word from the Lord. As some of us have done, he simply opened the Scriptures and his finger landed on Luke 10. He began to ready how Jesus told His disciples to enter a house and eat and drink such things as they gave them. They were to eat such things as were set before them. Blessitt made the decision to follow this commandment literally. Thus, each town that he came to he entered the first home that offered him an invitation. He made no distinction between an invitation from the rich or the poor, but accepted any. He began to eat anything set before him, and to drink the local water. He said that he has never turned down food offered to him. He told how he has had to wipe the scum off the top of water in remote regions and pray over it before drinking it. In all of these years, he has never been sick from this food. He has based his ministry during his travels upon this principle and God's Word has never failed him. 217]

217] Arthur Blessitt, interviewed on Praise the Lord, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program.

Another aspect of Jesus' commission that is recorded in Luke 10:1-12 is His command to speak peace upon a house. I had a dream in 2004or 2005 in which I saw Arthur Blessitt and his wife walking into a neighbour in which I grew up in Panama City, Florida. As they began to walk into the streets in order to witness about Jesus Christ I felt the peace of God come over them. I understood how the peace of God is actually His divine presence that goes with those who go into the world to preach the Gospel. In some way, this same peace is imparted into each home that received God's messengers.

Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Luke 10:1 — "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also" - Comments- It is interesting to note that just as God called seventy nations at the tower of Babel to serve as the foundation for the nations of the earth, so did God call seventy souls to found the nation of Israel ( Exodus 1:1-7). We know that Moses called seventy elders to establish the laws of the nation of Israel ( Exodus 24:1, Numbers 11:24-25). Jesus trained seventy disciples as a part of founding the New Testament Church to carry the Gospel to the world ( Luke 10:1; Luke 10:17).

Jesus called many people to become disciples, as the previous passage of Scripture testifies ( Luke 9:57-62). We know that at least seventy souls responded to His call to forsake all and follow Him.

Luke 10:1Comments- In a dubious writing credited to Hippolytus (A.D 170 to 236) entitled The Same Hippolytus on the Seventy Apostles, we are given the Church tradition of who these seventy disciples were by name and appointment to the ministry.

"1. James the Lord"s brother, bishop of Jerusalem.

2. Cleopas, bishop of Jerusalem.

3. Matthias, who supplied the vacant place in the number of the twelve apostles.

4. Thaddeus, who conveyed the epistle to Augarus.

5. Ananias, who baptized Paul, and was bishop of Damascus.

6. Stephen, the first martyr.

7. Philippians , who baptized the eunuch.

8. Prochorus, bishop of Nicomedia, who also was the first that departed, believing together with his daughters.

9. Nicanor died when Stephen was martyred.

10. Timon, bishop of Bostra.

11. Parmenas, bishop of Soli.

12. Nicolaus, bishop of Samaria.

13. Barnabas, bishop of Milan.

14. Mark the evangelist, bishop of Alexandria.

15. Luke the evangelist.

These two (Mark and Luke) belonged to the seventy disciples who were scattered by the offence of the word which Christ spoke, ‘Except a man eat my flesh, and drink my blood, he is not worthy of me.' But the one being induced to return to the Lord by Peter"s instrumentality, and the other by Paul"s, they were honoured to preach that Gospel on account of which they also suffered martyrdom, the one being burned, and the other being crucified on an olive tree.

16. Silas, bishop of Corinth.

17. Silvanus, bishop of Thessalonica.

18. Crisces (Crescens), bishop of Carchedon in Gaul.

19. Epaenetus, bishop of Carthage.

20. Andronicus, bishop of Pannonia.

21. Amplias, bishop of Odyssus.

22. Urban, bishop of Macedonia.

23. Stachys, bishop of Byzantium.

24. Barnabas, bishop of Heraclea.

25. Phygellus, bishop of Ephesus. He was of the party also of Simon.

26. Hermogenes. Hebrews , too, was of the same mind with the former.

27. Demas, who also became a priest of idols.

28. Apelles, bishop of Smyrna.

29. Aristobulus, bishop of Britain.

30. Narcissus, bishop of Athens.

31. Herodion, bishop of Tarsus.

32. Agabus the prophet.

33. Rufus, bishop of Thebes.

34. Asyncritus, bishop of Hyrcania.

35. Phlegon, bishop of Marathon.

36. Hermes, bishop of Dalmatia.

37. Patrobulus, bishop of Puteoli.

38. Hermas, bishop of Philippi.

39. Linus, bishop of Rome.

40. Caius, bishop of Ephesus.

41. Philologus, bishop of Sinope.

42, 43. Olympus and Rhodion were martyred in Rome.

44. Lucius, bishop of Laodicea in Syria.

45. Jason, bishop of Tarsus.

46. Sosipater, bishop of Iconium.

47. Tertius, bishop of Iconium.

48. Erastus, bishop of Panellas.

49. Quartus, bishop of Berytus.

50. Apollo, bishop of Caesarea.

51. Cephas.

52. Sosthenes, bishop of Colophonia.

53. Tychicus, bishop of Colophonia.

54. Epaphroditus, bishop of Andriace.

55. Caesar, bishop of Dyrrachium.

56. Mark , cousin to Barnabas, bishop of Apollonia.

57. Justus, bishop of Eleutheropolis.

58. Artemas, bishop of Lystra.

59. Clement, bishop of Sardinia.

60. Onesiphorus, bishop of Corone.

61. Tychicus, bishop of Chalcedon.

62. Carpus, bishop of Berytus in Thrace.

63. Evodus, bishop of Antioch.

64. Aristarchus, bishop of Apamea.

65. Mark , who is also John , bishop of Bibloupolis.

66. Zenas, bishop of Diospolis.

67. Philemon , bishop of Gaza.

68, 69. Aristarchus and Pudes.

70. Trophimus, who was martyred along with Paul." (Appendix to the Works of Hippolytus 49: The Same Hippolytus on the Seventy Apostles 14-15) (ANF 5)

Luke 10:5 — "first say" - Comments- When these words are spoken, they set in motion life and peace for some, or they set in motion God"s judgment. The choice depends upon the hearers.

Luke 10:9Comments - Jesus did not tell His disciples to pray for the sick, but rather, to heal the sick. They were to take the name of Jesus and take authority over every sickness and disease they encountered, without doubting any situation was too hard for the authority of the name of Jesus ( Luke 10:17). Jesus Himself has been training the Twelve by demonstrating His authority over every realm of creation. He now expects these disciples to go do the same.

Verses 1-24

Jesus Exhorts the Other Disciples: He Sends Out the Seventy - In Luke 10:1-24 we have the story of Jesus sending out seventy of His disciples in order to train them to preach and minister to others regarding the Kingdom of God. This passage of Scripture places emphasis upon a person's physical preparation to become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. After their heart and attitude are right ( Luke 9:51-56), and after they have set their mind and will to forsake all, if necessary, to follow Him ( Luke 9:57-62), then they are ready to physically go out and do the work of the ministry.

We observe that the story of Jesus sending out the seventy in Luke 10:1-24 is one of many passages in the Travel Narrative ( Luke 9:51 to Luke 21:38) that is unique to Luke's Gospel. The theme of the Travel Narrative will be on training of His disciples for the work of the ministry. While the other Evangelists omit this narrative material, this story of the seventy being sent out is an important part of this theme in Luke's Gospel.

Outline - Here is a proposed outline:

1. Jesus Commissions Seventy Disciples — Luke 10:1-12

2. Jesus Rebukes the Unrepentant Cities — Luke 10:13-16

3. The Seventy Return Rejoicing — Luke 10:17-20

4. Jesus Rejoices Over the Success of the Disciples — Luke 10:21-24

Verses 13-16

Jesus Rebukes the Unrepentant Cities ( Matthew 11:20-24) - In Luke 10:13-16 Jesus speaks woes upon those cities who have rejected the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was not just speaking to vent His feelings. He was actually talking to those cities in the spirit realm and setting in motion God's judgment for that hour.

Luke 10:13-16 actually belongs to the previous verses of Luke 10:10-13, in which Jesus is teaching His disciples how to respond when a city either received or rejects them.

Luke 10:15Comments- Jesus' words of judgment upon Capernaum appear to be taken from Isaiah 14:13; Isaiah 14:15.

Isaiah 14:13-15, "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

Verses 17-20

The Seventy Return Rejoicing - In Luke 10:17-20 we have the story of how the seventy disciples whom Jesus had sent out returned rejoicing at what God had done through them.

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:17Comments - When Jesus sent forth the Twelve and the seventy to preach the Gospel and to heal the sick and cast out demons, He gave them His name. When the disciples spoke His name, they exercised all of the authority in His name.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:18Comments- The imperfect tense is used in the Greek verb "I beheld," which can be translated, "I am beginning to see Satan as lightening fall from heaven." This statement then means that Jesus says He is beginning to see the downfall of the kingdom of Satan upon earth as the Church goes forth to heal the sick and cast out demons. Jesus then corrects them in verse 20 so that they would not enter into pride over this new power they have been given.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:19 — "Behold, I give unto you power" - Word Study on "I give unto you" - Comments- The perfect tense is used in the Greek verb "I give," which can be translated, "I have given unto you power."

Comments- This Greek tense reflects the fact that Jesus at an earlier point in time gave them the authority to use His name when casting out demons and healing the sick when He first commissioned them. The Greek perfect tense expresses action that started in the past and continues into the present.

Word Study on "power" - The English word "power" is used two times in Luke 10:19. The first use is regarding the power that Jesus gave His disciples and the second occurrence refers to the power of demons. However, in the Greet text these are two entirely different words. The first word is ἐξουσία (G 1849), which means, "privilege, force, capacity, competency, freedom, mastery" (Strong). The second word is δύ ναμις (G 1411), which means, "power" (Strong).

Comments- We know that God is all-powerful. However, we must not forget that Satan has limited power on this earth, which he uses to control and destroy men. Note:

1 John 4:4, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Jesus is simply saying in Luke 10:19 that thru His name He has given to His church divine authority, which Kenneth Hagin defines as "delegated power." 218] He has delegated to us all of the authority of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus is delegating them authority to use the power that is in His name whenever and wherever they need it in proclaiming the Gospel. Therefore, although Satan does have limited power and he does exercise his power, we, as believers, have been delegated the use of God's power and are easily able to overcome him. Kenneth Hagin gives the example of a police officer directing traffic. Although he himself does not have the power to physically stop the cars, he can simply raise his hands or blow a whistle and these powerful cars come to a stop. This is because the police officer has been delegated the power of the government which has authority over those people driving the cars. In the same way, we are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. We do this by taking the name of Jesus Christ and exercising our authority over the devil ( Ephesians 6:10).

218] Kenneth Hagin, The Believer's Authority (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Faith Library Publications, c 1984, 1992), 7-8.

Luke 10:19 — "to tread on serpents and scorpions" - Comments- Jesus and John the Baptist called the Pharisees and scribes "serpents" and "vipers," referring to their demonic behaviour ( Matthew 3:7; Matthew 23:33). However, the word "serpents" in this passage is a clear reference to demons.

Matthew 3:7, "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Matthew 23:33, "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:20Comments- Why do we serve the Lord? We serve the Lord because we love Him, and we desire His fellowship rather than serving Him for personal benefits. Therefore, we can rejoice at all times, and not just when our circumstances are to our benefit. Note these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts:

"Rejoice. Rejoice not so much in victories as in the fact that I am leading. Praise Me. Not so much for My blessings as for My love which prompts them. Serve Me with gladness, not for the ultimate nor present reward, but for the thrill of knowing that we labor together; that I stand beside thee in every enterprise however trivial." 219]

219] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 121.

Note that Philippians 4:4 does not say to rejoice in or victories or in our blessings. It tells us to rejoice "in the Lord."

Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."

Satan accused Job of serving God for personal benefit rather than for his love towards God.

Job 1:9-11, "Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face."

Job 2:4-5, "And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face."

Verses 21-24

Jesus Rejoices Over the Success of the Disciples ( Matthew 11:25-27; Matthew 13:16-17) - After Jesus debriefs His disciples upon their return, He rejoices in His heart over what they had done for the Kingdom of God and then blesses them.

Luke 10:21Comments- In these last days before the coming of the Lord Jesus God is pouring out His Spirit upon the Church. One manifestation of this outpouring is when people laugh in the Spirit. It is a deep laughter that comes from within, from the Spirit of God. We find Jesus experiencing the same in Luke 10:21 as He rejoiced in the Spirit over the testimonies of His disciples who were casting out demons and healing the sick.

Verses 25-37

The Story of the Good Samaritan: Illustration of Loving Others With All of Our Hearts - In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus is approached by a lawyer who asks Him the true meaning of eternal life. When Jesus defined it as loving God and loving our neighbours, He felt the need to illustrate with the story of the Good Samaritan. This is an illustration of how to serve the Lord with our hearts.

Proposed Allegory in the Story of the Good Samaritan- In the story of The Good Samaritan:

1. The thieves ( Luke 10:30) represent the devil and demons and their work through evil people to destroy lives.

2. The traveling man could be any one traveling through this life without Jesus.

3. The priest ( Luke 10:31) can be some religious leader without love and time to care due to the religious duties of man's doctrine.

4. The Levite can be a layman who goes to church as a religious duty, but not out of love.

5. The Samaritan does what Jesus does to a lost and dying man in his sins.

a. He bound up his wounds- Jesus heals our hurts and scares.

b. He poured oil and wine- The Holy spirit and the cleansing sins.

c. To an inn- Jesus leads us to a church under the care of a pastor.

In regards to verse 35, Jesus gives the Pastor what is needed to care for the sheep. One day the Lord will repay us for our work.

Luke 10:27Comments- The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two sections. The first four commandments refer to our relationship to God, while the last six refer to our relationships with men. In the parallel passage in Mark 12:29-31, Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4-5, which was a very famous passage of Scripture referred to by the Jews as "The Shema."

Deuteronomy 6:4-5, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."

It was a passage of Scripture that every scribe knew by heart. Jesus was summarizing the first four commandments when He told the scribe to love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. The first commandment refers to serving the Lord with our heart. The second commandment refers to serving the Lord with all of our soul, where our emotions, feelings and will exist. The third commandment refers to serving the Lord with all of our mind, and deals with the words of our mouth. The fourth commandment refers to serving the Lord with all of our strength, or bodies. He then summarized the last six commandments when He said to love our neighbour as ourselves. Perhaps the difference between the soul and the mind would be that one emphasizes our thoughts and attitudes, while the other emphasizes our words that we speak. Thus, our soulish realm has a two-fold aspect of thoughts and confession.

Luke 10:30Comments- Josephus described Judea during this period of history as a place of much insecurity, with "ten thousand other disorders" and "full of robberies."

"Now at this time there were ten thousand other disorders in Judea, which were like tumults, because a great number put themselves into a warlike posture, either out of hopes of gain to themselves, or out of enmity to the Jews…." (Antiquities 17104)

"And now Judea was full of robberies…" (Antiquities 17108)

Thus, this was a story to which many people could easily relate.

Luke 10:31-32Comments - Justifications for Being a Good Samaritan- The priests and the Levites had plenty of Scriptures to justify themselves in not coming to the aid of a dying man. For examples, those who were under a Nazarite vow could not come near a dead body.

Numbers 6:6, "All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body."

The high priests could not approach a dead body, not even his kin.

Leviticus 21:1, "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:"

Leviticus 21:10-11, "And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;"

Even the common man became defiled when he touched a dead body so that he was not allowed to make an offering unto the Lord.

Numbers 9:6-7, "And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a Prayer of Manasseh , that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel?"

Numbers 19:11, "He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days."

Numbers 19:13, "Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him."

Numbers 19:16, "And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a Prayer of Manasseh , or a grave, shall be unclean seven days."

Verse 38

Perseverance: Jesus Testifies of Striving to Enter Into Heaven - In Luke 10:38 to Luke 17:10 Jesus testifies of striving to enter into Heaven through perseverance.

Outline: Note the proposed outline:

1. Narrative: Jesus Demonstrates Perseverance — Luke 10:38 to Luke 13:21

2. Discourse: Jesus Teaches on Perseverance: — Luke 13:22 to Luke 17:10

Verse 38

Narrative: Jesus Demonstrates Perseverance (In a Village) - In Luke 10:38 to Luke 13:21 Jesus Christ demonstrates perseverance. For example, He begins by teaching Martha to persevere in His Word as Mary, who sat at His feet ( Luke 10:38-42). He then teaches the disciples to persevere in prayer ( Luke 11:1 to Luke 13:21).

Outline: Note the proposed outline:

1. Corrects Martha on Priorities — Luke 10:38-42

2. Instructs Disciples on Prayer — Luke 11:1-13

3. Jesus Corrects People About the Kingdom of God — Luke 11:14-36

a) Introduction — Luke 11:14-16

b) The Kingdom of God vs. Satan — Luke 11:17-28

c) The Request for a Sign — Luke 11:29-32

d) Conclusion — Luke 11:33-36

4. Jesus Rebukes Pharisees on Hypocrisy — Luke 11:37-54

5. Jesus Teaches on Faithfulness & Stewardship — Luke 12:1-59

a) Instructs Disciples on Persecutions in Service — Luke 12:1-12

b) Corrects People on Covetousness — Luke 12:13-21

c) Instructs Disciples on Faithfulness & Stewardship — Luke 12:22-53

d) Rebukes People for not Judging Themselves — Luke 12:54-59

6. Warns People on Eternal Judgment — Luke 13:1-9

7. Heals & Rebukes Jewish Leader on Hypocrisy — Luke 13:10-17

8. Teaches Parables on Growth of the Kingdom — Luke 13:18-21

Verses 38-42

Jesus Corrects Martha: Illustration of Willingness to Forsake All (Serving the Lord With All of our Minds) - The story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary serves as an excellent illustration of what it means to be willing to forsake all and follow Jesus. The key statement in this passage of Scripture is when Jesus tells Martha, "Mary hath chosen that good part." In other words, Jesus explained that it was an act of Mary's will to choose that which was better. This is an illustration of how to serve the Lord with our soul because a person's will is located in the soulish realm.

Jesus Corrects Martha- Note these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts regarding this story of Mary and Martha:

"As Martha in her desire to minister to Me forfeited My nearness, so thou hast done. My child, I have need of nothing. I desire only thy love. Give Me this first always, and whatsoever service may follow, thou wilt then do with light feet and a heart set free. Abandon to Me thy whole being, and I will then work in and through thee in such a way that even as I am using thee, thou shalt simultaneously experience My energizing power; so that in the very process of giving, thou shalt in very truth receive even beyond what ye give, and shall in each instance emerge richer and stronger. There is no loss when ye serve Me thus. For when thy life is wholly lost in My life, there is never anything but gain. As the prophet of old exclaimed, ‘They go from strength to strength'. Only sin worketh death and loss. Righteousness worketh life and health." 220]

220] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 79.

"O My beloved, ye do not need to make your path (like a snow plow), for lo, I say unto thee, I go before you. Yea, I shall engineer circumstances on thy behalf. I am thy husband, and I will protect thee and care for thee, and make full provision for thee. I know thy need, and I am concerned for thee: for thy peace, for thy health, for thy strength. I cannot use a tired body, and ye need to take time to renew thine energies, both spiritual and physical. I am the God of Battle, but I am also the One who said: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. And Jesus said, Come ye apart and rest a little while.

"I will teach you, even as I taught Moses on the back side of the desert, and as I taught Paul in Arabia. So will I teach you. Thus it shall be a constructive period, and not in any sense wasted time. But as the summer course to the school teacher, it is vital to thee in order that ye be fully qualified for your ministry.

"There is no virtue in activity as such - neither in inactivity. I minister to thee in solitude that ye may minister of Me to others as a spontaneous overflow of our communion. Never labor to serve, nor force opportunities. Set thy heart to be at peace and to sit at My feet. Learn to be ready, but not to be anxious. Learn to say ‘no' to the demands of men and to say ‘yes' to the call of the Spirit." 221]

221] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 145.

"I don't want you to work for Me under pressure and tension like a machine - striving to produce, produce. I want you to just live with Me as a Person. I have waited for you to wear yourself out. I knew you would find it eventually - the secret of silence and rest, of solitude and of song. I will rebuild your strength - not to work again in foolish frenzy, but just for the sake of making you strong and well. To Me this is an end in itself. Make it your aim to join with Me wholeheartedly in the project. ‘Many joys are waiting yet'." 222]

222] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 152.

Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

Luke 10:38Comments - The village of Martha and Mary was Bethany ( John 11:1). Adam Clarke suggests this event recorded by Luke took place later in Jesus' travels when He arrives in Jerusalem, 223] but other commentators have no problem with this order of events.

223] Adam Clarke, The Gospel According to St. Luke , in Adam Clarke"s Commentary, Electronic Database (Seattle, WA: Hendrickson Publishers Inc, 1996), in P.C. Study Bible, v 31 [CD-ROM] (Seattle, WA: Biblesoft Inc, 1993-2000), notes on Luke 10:38.

John 11:1, "Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha."

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus" feet, and heard his word.

Luke 10:39 — "and heard his word" - Scripture Reference- Note:

John 10:27, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"

Luke 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

Luke 10:40Comments- Martha perhaps became mad at Mary.

Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

Luke 10:41Comments- Martha had no peace. Note:

Proverbs 15:16, "Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith."

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:42"But one thing is needful" - Scripture Reference- Note:

Psalm 27:4, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."

Luke 12:23, "The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment."

Luke 10:42 — "which shall not be taken away from her" - Comments- When a man dies, all material riches are taken from him.

Matthew 6:20, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:"


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