Luke 10

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. o

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read    Luke 10

Commentary.

Jesus sent the second mission team (1-25)—- This story is peculiar to Luke because other Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 9 and Mark 6) record only of sending out of the twelve disciples with some of the instruction parallel Luke 10.  In Luke this is the second mission team after Jesus sent twelve disciples (9:1-6).  The number “seventy-two” is written in NIV while other manuscripts write seventy, JJV, NRSV, Living Bible. Seventy is the number of tradition and symbol of all nations (Genesis 10; Numbers 11:16-25).  Luke viewed Jesus’ sending out seventy others as the mission to the nations, which happened at Pentecost after Easter when persons gathered “from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5).

The seventy people made success report with joy (17). But the joy of Jesus was that their names were written in heaven because the mission was the work of the Holy Spirit and the missionaries witnessed it with joy.  This story reminds of modern church what the mission of God is, its centrality, message, and calling. We always depends on the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ vision toward our mission for the world sets us into the larger frame of God’s reign, the Kingdom of God.

Good Samaritan (25-37) —— Answering to the question from a self- righteous law expert, Jesus gave a parable of Good Samaritan.  Jesus used contextual elements in this parable, political, cultural, and religious, and also historical, so that the law expert and other audiences got the message of “who is my neighbor?” The priest and Levite represented the people of keeping the law faithfully but of no love and compassion to the neighbors in need. The Samaritan man represented the people, ceremonially unclean, socially outcast, and religiously a heretic, who was opposite of the law expert as well as the priest, and the Levite. “Go and do likewise,” was Jesus’ answer.

Mary and Martha (38- 42) —- Which one of these two is better than the other, between wait on the table of hospitality and serving and wait on the Word of God? is a wrong question from this story.  We need to read this story with the mind of time and priority.  On his way to Jerusalem to die on the cross, Jesus came to Martha and Mary’s house. Jesus would not stay long there. Martha chose to wait on the table for Jesus while Mary chose to listen to Jesus.  Both of them made their choice by their sense of time and priority.  The right question from this story is, “which is the most important thing to do when Jesus stop by their house and teach?” Readers’ answer speak their priority in the Kingdom of God, living in Kairos (Greek word, meaning time as opportunity, quality). “The only one thing is needed…. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her,” Jesus answered. The only one thing was the word of God, as Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, John 6:27). There is a time to go and to do, and there is a time to listen and reflect, solitude.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Reflect on “how do I practice living Kairos in my life?”
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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