Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
In Luke 10, Jesus sends 72 people out, in pairs, to bring the good news of God's kingdom to the towns where Jesus himself would shortly go. According to the 2nd century historian Polycarp, Luke the evangelist was one of these people.
Though we don't know all the details, here's some of what we know. Jesus spoke of a plentiful harvest. In our Christian work, are there people around? They need to know of God's kingdom. We have no idea who will respond. Jesus also said the work could be difficult or dangerous. We also are like lambs among wolves. The 72 were to trust in God's provision. God raised up those who would care for them. He still does the same. Finally, Jesus sent his people to pray peace upon the places they visited. He gives his gifts through his people.
No matter who we are or where we go, Jesus can use us as messengers, preparing our generation for the coming of the Lord. He has never changed in his intent toward our neighbors.
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