Recruiting the Seventy-Two — Appointed and Sent

LPUC eNews – Sunday 3 July 2022

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Today is the fourth Sunday of the season of Pentecost and we will be looking at ‘Recruiting the Seventy-Two — Appointed and Sent’ as we examine Luke 10:1-11; 16-20. In last week’s reading various people gave different excuses in response to Jesus’ call on their lives. In today’s reading, we have a direct contrast, where we find seventy-two disciples appointed and sent out two by two by Jesus to go ahead of Him to every town and place, where He was about to go prior to arriving in Jerusalem. They were ready for their mission as soon as Jesus called them.

In order to get an appreciation of the instructions given by Jesus to the seventy-two, let us look at three issues. Firstly, Jesus, when He returned from the wilderness at the start of His earthly ministry, visited the Synagogue, where He read from the words of the prophet Isaiah, which basically outlined Jesus’ earthly ministry. At the conclusion of His reading, He said to His hearers; ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

Secondly, the calling and sending out of the 12 disciples. His instructions to them included going out two by two to the lost sheep of Israel. That had authority to drive out evil spirits, heal every disease and sickness, raise the dead and proclaim the kingdom of heaven is near. This was a rather similar mission statement to Jesus’ earthly mission.

Thirdly, the transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain in the presence of Peter, James and John and the appearance of Moses and Elijah. They spoke with Jesus about His departure, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem with His trial and crucifixion. Returning to the seventy-two they appear to have been selected from the 120 mentioned in Acts 1:15. What equipped them for mission was their awareness of Jesus’ power and their vision to reach all the people. They were told that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, and to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field. They received basically the same instructions as the 12 disciples. Upon their return, they specifically rejoiced that they were able to drive out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus’ final words to them were ‘do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

In respect to LPUC, over the next months, we might well concentrate on a significant increase in our corporate and individual prayer to ascertain God’s will on any future moves and also pray for ‘Divine Appointments’ to be set up by God for us to follow through on, which may result in numbers being added to the Body of Believers.  Keith

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