LUKE 10

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Luke 10:2

ON OUR KNEES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

 

You might like to quote a little known, but very wise lady, Dottie Peters

(My wife of 25 years.). She said "It's our generation that's blown it!"  She means the "baby-boomers" and refers to the fact that we (as a generation) have failed to train our children properly.  We've blown it in other way. We in the church have failed to bring the message of the Gospel to others our own age, and to the children who will follow us in leadership.  There is a solution to this problem given by our Lord Jesus in Luke 10:2

 

THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT SUPPLY - "The harvest truly is great..."

THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE - "...but the laborers are few:"

THERE IS A SURE SOURCE - "...the Lord of the harvest..."

THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION - "Pray ye...that he would send forth laborers into his harvest."

 

 

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Luke 10:2

A MINISTRY FOR ALL CHRISTIANS

 

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

Not everyone is going to be a pastor.

Not everyone is going to be a missionary.

Not everyone is going to teach Sunday School, sing in the choir, or serve on a church board.

But there is a ministry that every Christian should have.

This ministry is the ministry of prayer that recruits workers for our Lord and Master.

 

POTENTIAL - "The harvest truly is great…"

 

PROBLEM - "…but the labourers are few:"

 

PRAYER - "pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."

 

PARTICIPATION - As you pray, the Lord may recruit you to:

Pray for specific missionaries.

Give to the support of missionaries.

Go yourself.

 

 

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Luke 10:17-24

A TASTE OF SUCCESS

 

POWER OF DISCIPLES – Vss. 17-19

The 70 disciples returned from a preaching mission throughout Israel.  They reported that the mission was so successful that even demons were being cast out.

Jesus agreed that Satan indeed was defeated this time.

 

PRIORITY FOR JOY – Vs. 20

Jesus warned the disciples not to so much rejoice that spirits were subject to them, but that their names were written in Heaven.

 

PRINCIPLE OF ILLUMINATION – Vss. 21-22

In order for someone to be saved the identity of Jesus must be supernaturally revealed to them.

 

PRIVILEGES OF DISCIPLES – Vss. 23-24

The disciples were privileged to see things that prophets had only wished to see.

 

 

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Luke 10:25-37

LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

 

One of the advertisements that we have heard for years is “LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE.” Even the world recognizes the value of a good neighbor.

 

I want us to consider the story of the “Good Samaritan”.

It is here that we learn how we can be good neighbors to those around us.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Vs. 25 – A certain lawyer appears. He is an expert in the law of Moses. He is a theologian, a doctor of divinity, if you will. He asks a question designed to put our Lord to the test.

 

The question is, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

 

In order for that lawyer to come to the Lord, he had to see his own inability to live such a life without Christ’s help.

 

Vs. 26 – Jesus answers the question with a question. What does the Bible say?” This is always a good question.

 

Vs. 27 – The lawyer gives the summary of the law. This is a combination of two quotes from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18  

 

Vs. 28 – Jesus congratulates him. “You’ve given a good answer. Just go and do this and live!”   

 

But there’s a catch to Jesus’ answer. 

No one but the Lord Jesus ever lived such a life in their own power. If anyone could, they would be given eternal life based on merit. Galatians 3:11

 

If this lawyer was honest, he would have had to admit that he could not make it on his own, by law keeping. I am confident that he would have then been offered life through faith in Christ.

 

Vs. 29 – Instead, the lawyer looked for another way out.

He might have thought that he had kept the first part of the law about loving God, but in order to make sure that he hadn’t blown it, he had to know the identity of his neighbor.   

 

Now comes the story of the Good Samaritan, and the qualities of being a good neighbor.

 

HE SAW

 

Vs. 30 – Undoubtedly, you know the story.

 

A certain man, by implication, a Jew was on his way to Jericho from Jerusalem.

 

Robbers stripped him.

They beat him up.

They left him to die.

 

The distance of the man’s journey was about 17 miles. The trip was downhill through mountainous territory. It was full of caves and hollows, which made it dangerous. Many a criminal and highway man worked that area. This man met more than his match.

 

Vs. 31 – Along came a religious leader, a priest, whose job it was to model and practice his religion. He saw him and passed on.

 

Vs. 32 – The priest was followed by a priest’s helper, a Levite, who should have also been inclined to help, but he saw it and passed by.

 

These men saw, but they didn’t really see.

They saw but they didn’t recognize this man as their neighbor.

 

These men had an attitude like the one we see so much today.  It is the attitude that says, “I don’t want to get involved”.

 

Vs. 33 – The Samaritan came along and he also saw.

               Remember the Jews hated the Samaritans.

               Nevertheless, the situation spoke to his heart.

               

HE FELT

 

Not only did the Samaritan have a sharper vision, he had a sharper burden.

He felt compassion for the injured man.

Some people will help out as a matter of duty, and that is better than no help at all.

But help that is not bathed in compassion is often cold, even cruel, and makes the one helped feel badly.

 

The help based on compassion does not judge, nor does it lecture, nor does it act superior. This type of help is based on an “I care” attitude.

 

Jesus had compassion on those who have needs and we should also.

It is compassion that will lead to action!

 

We as Christians need to learn what it means to feel compassion for those we see around us.

 

HE CAME

 

“and went to him” – Vs. 34

 

Of the three characters in our story, only the Samaritan came closer to survey the situation. The others went further away.

He got closer to see that the man was still alive and that he needed help.

 

There are families in our community that most Christians wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

There are many self righteous Christians who won’t get their hands dirty, or even close enough to see what can be done to help.

 

Sometimes we don’t want to get too close because we are afraid of what might happen to us! We are not willing to become vulnerable because we might get hurt. And yes, some of the people I’ve helped have hurt me in return.

 

But look to the life of our Lord Jesus and see how he was hurt.  He was hurt so he could help us.

Isaiah 53:6

 

And consider what the Apostle Paul said about being hurt. 2 Corinthians 12:15

 

There are times when we will come close and people will retreat. We may have to back off. There will times when we come close and find that there is nothing we can do except offer a word of comfort or prayer.

   

There will be still other times when we get close and find that there are things that we can do to help, even when we didn’t think there was.

The Samaritan did not find out what he could do until he got close.  Neither will you.

   

HE HELPED

 

Vs. 34 – The Samaritan bandaged the wounds.

He poured oil in, this would have soothed.

He poured in wine, this would have cleansed.

He put him on his own beast of burden, walking himself.

He brought him to a nearby inn, and continued to nurse him.

 

Helping this man meant total involvement in his life for at least a day, giving completely of himself to the man in need.

HE PAID

 

Vs. 35 – In order to help, this man had to spend some money.

¯    The wine he was using cost money.

¯    The oil he was using cost money.

¯    The room at the inn cost money.

¯    Leaving money for the man’s care cost money. He left two days wages for a common laborer.

 

A lot of help that is needed today is monetary.

It is not the only kind of help needed, but often it is needed.

 

HE FOLLOWED UP

 

Vs. 35 - The payment for care included the promise, “I’ll be back to pay the difference.”

I might add that this meant the man would be back to see the wounded soul, if the man was still there.

Follow up is important.

Sometimes we help someone for a while, and then after the initial crisis is over, we more or less forget them.

 

Vss. 36-27 - The conclusion of the story is that we should go and do the same.

 

 

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Luke 10:25-37

MY NEIGHBOR - WHO IS HE?

 

Vss. 25-28 - Jesus agreed with a lawyer of religion that he should "love his neighbor as himself".  The lawyer wanted to know who should be considered his neighbor.  We Christians need to have that question answered ourselves. The story of the "Good Samaritan" teaches us that our neighbor is:

 

SOMEONE GOD BRINGS TO MY ATTENTION Vss. 30-33

The priest, Levite and Samaritan all saw the wounded man.

SOMEONE GOD GIVES ME ABILITY TO HELP

Anyone of the men who passed by could have helped in some way.

SOMEONE TO WHOM I MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE Vss. 33-37

 

 

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Luke 10:38-42

TWO DISCIPLES

 

We want to meet two disciples who have something to teach us about discipleship.  What is interesting about these disciples is that you have probably not thought of them as such.  Also, they were sisters, and are two of the better known women in the Bible. Of course I’m speaking of Martha, and her younger sister, Mary.

 

Vs. 38 – Jesus was traveling and came to a familiar village. It was the Village of Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem, the home of Mary and Martha.  Mary and Martha were sisters to Lazarus who Jesus raised from the dead.

 

Martha received Jesus and probably at least some of the other disciples into her home.  Mary and Martha were believers, and I’m sure Jesus was always welcome.

 

THEY WERE FEMALE

 

You may wonder why I am emphasizing their gender.

In the times of the Bible, it was a man’s world.

In the Jewish culture it was a man’s world.

 

Vs. 39 – A disciple is a learner.

              Mary sat at Jesus feet and heard his word.

If you read Martha’s profession of faith in John 11, you will see that she too, was a disciple, a learner, a follower of Jesus.

 

Kent Hughes – “Judaism did not forbid women to be instructed in the Torah, but it was unheard of for a rabbi to allow a woman to sit at his feet. Later rabbinic tradition includes quotations such as: ‘May the words of the Torah be burned, they should not be handed over to women”. And ‘The man who teaches his daughter the Torah teachers her extravagance.” Cleary, Jesus rejected such unbiblical, regressive attitudes outright.” R. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word – Luke Volume 1, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1998), p. 396

 

In ancient Israel the Word of God was to be read to all, than all could hear and learn. Deuteronomy 31:10-13

 

In the book of Acts, there was a lady name Dorcas who was called a disciple. Acts 9:36   

 

Also in the Book of Acts there is a husband and wife team, Aquilla and Priscilla, who show themselves both to be disciples. Acts 18:24-26

 

My point is this, although overall leadership in the church has been given to men, the ladies have as much right and responsibilities to be good disciples as the men do.    

 

And in many cases throughout the history of the church, it’s often the lady disciples who have been more sensitive and open to the call of God then the men have.

 

Mary and Martha both were disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THEY WERE FAITHFUL

 

Martha in this story was certainly not right in her attitude towards her sister, or even towards the Lord.

But let us not forget that Martha was committed to the task at hand, serving the Lord, and was indeed faithful to the Lord Himself.

She got her priorities mixed up, putting service ahead of fellowship.

 

We need Marthas who are concerned with detail.

We need Marthas who have the gift of hospitality.

We need Marthas who are willing to use the abilities that God has given them to serve the Lord.

 

Martha was faithful, but at this point in their lives, Mary had a better handle on what it meant to be a disciple. Luke 10:38

I see Mary doing three things here as part of her discipleship that I feel are important for us. Sitting at Jesus’ feet, Mary was

LEARNING

LEANING

LOVING

 

Ø     LEARNING

Jesus was teaching.  Mary was learning.

In fact, as we’ll see in a few moments, Mary had a better understanding of Jesus’ death than the Apostles did.

Why was that?

She was sitting quietly, taking it all in, perhaps even asking questions.

She paid attention.   

 

Ø     LEANING

 

Being at Jesus’ feet reminds me that He is close.

And that whatever is bugging me, whatever worries me, whatever concerns me, I can bring to Him.

He’s present to answer.

He’s present to encourage.

He’s present to guide.

A good disciple does not “free lance”.

A good disciple gets all his strength, guidance, and authority from his master. John 14:13-14,

Philippians 4:6-7, 1 John 5:14-5

 

Ø     LOVING

 

Why do Christians risk their lives in Muslim countries?

It’s because they love Jesus.

Why do Christians endure persecution joyfully?

It’s because they love Jesus.

Why did Mary sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word?

It’s because she loved Jesus.

 

The best disciple is the one who faithfully loves his Master.

The disciple who loves His master loves to hear His voice.

The disciple who loves His master loves to speak with Him.

The disciple who loves His loves to do His will.

 

Mary and Martha were faithful disciples.

 

THERE WAS FRICTION

 

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.

First of all, I want you to note that my implication, Mary had been helping in the kitchen.  Evidently, Jesus came and she showed the hospitality of spending time with her guest.

 

Martha got entangled in her serving.

She was trying to do too much.

She was letting it get the best of her.

And when we are trying to do too much, it is easy for us to look at others who aren’t helping, and get frustrated!

And it becomes very easy for us to become very judgmental and huffy.

We suddenly become the judge of what a person should and shouldn’t be doing. Matthew 7:1-2

 

Martha comes to Jesus all upset and frustrated.

“Lord, don’t you care that I’m slaving out her by myself? Tell Mary that she should help me!   

 

Luke 10:41-42 - And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: [42] But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

Jesus tenderly, yet firmly corrects Martha.

“Martha, Martha, you’ve got lots on your plate.  You’ve got a lot that bothers you. You are uptight about many things.”

 

Then Jesus tells Martha a very important truth.

Only one thing was necessary.

And Mary had chosen it.  Jesus was present and time was to be spent with Him.

And time spent with Jesus is invaluable!

If Martha had spent her time with Jesus, the meal might not have been elaborate.

But Martha’s spirit would have been at rest.

And Martha would have had the strength and joy to serve when it was time to serve!

 

Our problem is, we try to serve with spending time with Jesus. This leads to frustration.   

 

THERE WAS FAVOR

 

Of course Mary received the compliment from Jesus that she had made the right choice.

But what about Martha?  Did she learn her lesson?

 

I believe she did and because of that she is certainly in favor when her brother Lazarus died.

 

Please turn to John 11.

Lazarus was dead.

Jesus was not there to heal him.

But Martha gives indication that here was a woman who had learned her lesson to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word.

 

Vss. 22-24 – Here was woman who had not lost or left her faith.

 

Vss. 25-27 – Martha’s response is one of the clearest attestations to the deity of Christ that anyone makes in all of Scripture.  Martha HAD been listening. She HAD BEEN sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His word.

 

To this day, Martha stands in Scripture as a disciple who knew who her Master was.

 

And what about Mary?

Turn over to John 12:1-8 - READ

Mary had been listening.

It was Mary who, out of love, anointed Jesus’ body before burial, realizing that there would not be much opportunity after burial.

Mary knew why she was doing what she was doing! Matthew 26:12-13

 

So both Martha and Mary found favor with the Lord.

   

Two disciples:

 

THEY WERE FEMALE

THEY WERE FAITHFUL

THERE WAS FRICTION

THERE WAS FAVOR

 

 

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Luke 10:38-42

LEST WE FORGET

 

In our modern society, it is so easy to get so busy, we don't know if we are coming or going.  Sometimes we need to look back at the story of Mary and Martha to remember to keep our priorities straight.

 

DECISION Vs. 38 - Martha made the right one. She received Jesus into

                                 her house. The most important decision we can make

                                 is to receive Jesus as our Savior.

 

DEVOTION Vs. 39 - Mary had her priorities right. She sat at Jesus' feet

                                   and heard His word.

 

DISTRACTION Vs. 40 - Martha let her service for Jesus get her upset.

                                        She was distracted by much serving. She got

                                        angry with her sister, and demanded that Jesus

                                        make her help.

 

DISTINCTION Vss. 41 - Jesus explains the difference between Martha

                                         and Mary.  Martha was anxious and troubled

                                         about many things. Mary chose the one thing

                                         that was necessary.

 

 

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Luke 10:38-42

MARY AND MARTHA - A COMPARISON

 

TWO GOOD SISTERS - Vss. 38-39

Martha was a doer! She got things done!

Martha was a dreamer! She had time for Spiritual things.

We call these girls good because they had trusted Christ as their Savior.

 

TWO GOOD PRIORITIES - Vss. 39-40

Martha's priority was serving. Luke 9:23

Martha's priority was sitting. She sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.

 

ONE GREAT CHOICE - Vss. 41-42

Martha's choice to serve brought her frustration.

Mary's choice brought her favor. Time spent with Jesus is valuable for all eternity.

It's important to serve the Lord, but only after we have spent time with the Lord!

 

 

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Luke 10:38-42 etc.

SISTERS

 

SISTERS WHO WERE DIFFERENT - Luke 10:38-42

SISTERS WHO WERE DISAPPOINTED - John 11:1-6, 17-37

SISTERS WHO WERE DELIGHTED - John 11:38-44

SISTERS WHO WERE DEVOTED - John 12:1-8

Martha's Service - Vs. 2

Mary's Sacrifice - Vss. 3-8

 

 

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