Seventy

Luke 10:1-24

The Lord appointed seventy and sent them ahead two and two into every city and place, where he himself would come. 

Jesus: The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers into his harvest. (Jesus also made this statement in Matthew 9:37).      Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall return to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Don’t go from house to house. And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, The kingdom of God is come near to you.     But into whatever city you enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the city, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which clings on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come near to you. It shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.      Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented a great while ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, which is exalted to heaven, shall be thrust down to hell. (We see these same words in Matthew 11:20-24, when Jesus spoke of John the Baptist.) He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me.

And the seventy returned again with joy.

Seventy: Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name. 

Jesus: I beheld Satan, as lightning, fall from heaven. I give to you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding don’t rejoice that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.

Jesus: I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in your sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. (This prayer is repeated in Matthew 11:25-27, after Jesus spoke of John the Baptist.) 

Jesus (privately to disciples): Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and they have desired to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.

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The Good Shepherd 

John 10:1-21 

Jesus spoke a parable.

Jesus: Truly, he that does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him: for they do not know the voice of strangers. 

But the people did not understand the things he spoke to them. 

Jesus: Truly, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But he that is a hired hand, and not the shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep. The hired hand flees, because he is an hired hand, and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring into this fold, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore my Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. 

There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 

Many of the Jews: He has a devil, and is mad; why do you listen to him? 

Other Jews: These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? 

It was at Jerusalem during the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews came round about him.

Jews: How long do you make us to doubt? If you be the Christ, tell us plainly. 

Jesus: I told you, and you did not believe: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. 

Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 

Jesus: I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me? 

Jews: We do not stone you for a good work; but for blasphemy; and because you, being a man, make yourself God. 

Jesus: Isn’t it written in your law, “I said, You are gods”? (Psalm 82:6). If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Do you say of him, whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, “You blaspheme;” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. But if I do, although you don’t believe me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 

Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.

Jesus went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. And many came to him. 

The people: John did no miracle; but all of the things that John spoke of this man were true. 

And many believed on Jesus there.

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Born Blind

John 9:1-41 

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from his birth. 

Disciples: Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 

Jesus: Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 

When he had spoken these words, Jesus spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.

Jesus (to the blind man): Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) 

The blind man went his way, and washed, and came seeing. 

Neighbors and they who had seen him before and knew that he was blind: Isn’t this he who sat and begged? 

Some: This is he.

Others: He is like him.

The man who had been blind: I am he. 

The people: How were your eyes opened? 

The man who had been blind: A man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. 

The people: Where is he? 

The man who had been blind: I know not. 

The people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. 

And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 

Pharisees: How did you receive your sight. 

The man who was healed: He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and do see. 

Some of the Pharisees: This man is not of God, because he does not keep the sabbath day. 

Others of the Pharisees: How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? 

And there was a division among them. 

Pharisees: What do you say of him who has opened your eyes? 

The man who was healed: He is a prophet. 

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 

Jews (to parents): Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see? 

Parents: We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now sees, we do not know; or who has opened his eyes, we do not know: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 

His parents spoke these words spake, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man confessed that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 

Then again called they the man that was blind. 

Pharisees: Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 

The man who was healed: Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. 

Pharisees: What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes? 

The man who we healed: I have told you already, and you did not hear; why would you hear it again? Will you also be his disciples? 

They reviled him.

Pharisees: You are his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know from where he is. 

The man who was healed: Herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from where he is come and yet he has opened mine eyes. Now we know that God does not hear sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him God hears. Since the world began it has not been heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 

Pharisees: You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us? 

And they cast him out of the synagogue. 

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and he found him.

Jesus: Do you believe on the Son of God? 

The man who was healed: Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 

Jesus: You have both seen him, and it is he who talks with you. 

The man who was healed: Lord, I believe. 

And he worshipped Jesus. 

Jesus: For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 

And some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words.

Pharisees: Are we blind also? 

Jesus: If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

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Adulterous Woman

John 8:1-11 
Early in the morning Jesus came from the mount of Olives and entered the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down, and taught them. 

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and they set her in the midst.

Scribes and Pharisees: Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what do you say? (This they said, tempting him, that they might have something of which to accuse him.)
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The scribes and Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus in a situation that would make Him lose favor with the people. They think this is it. They think have him. There is no right choice. 

If Jesus says don’t stone her, he has disregarded the Law of Moses. (Deuteronomy 22:22)

If he says stone her, he is in trouble with the Romans. Under Roman rule, it was illegal for the Jewish courts to enforce a death sentence. (That is why in Luke 23 Jesus was taken to Pilate to be judged as well as to Herod) Also, Jesus has been preaching love and mercy and forgiveness.
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But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he didn’t hear them. 

When they continued asking him, he lifted himself up. 

Jesus: He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.

And he stooped down again, and wrote on the ground. 
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What did Jesus write? I have heard some speculation. Two of these guesses appeal to me.
1-Jeremiah 17:13 Those who turn away from You will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water. Opposite of being written in the Book of Life.
2-Writing the offenses of each accuser
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And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 
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In doing this, Jesus accomplished three things. 
1-Jesus took the responsibility of stoning the woman off of himself.
2-He also ensured that no one would stone the woman because there is none without sin, except he himself.
3-And he caused them to reflect on their own sinfulness before God.
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Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman.

Jesus: Woman, where are your accusers? has no man condemned you? 

Woman: No man, Lord. 

Jesus: Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 
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Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again.

Jesus: I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 

Pharisees: You bear record of yourself; your record is not true. 

Jesus: Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and where I go; but you cannot tell from where I come, and where I go. You judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me bears witness of me. 

Pharisees: Where is your Father? 

Jesus: You neither know me, nor my Father: if you had known me, you should have known my Father also. 

(Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.)

 Jesus: I go my way, and you shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: where I go, you cannot come. 

Jews: Will he kill himself? because he says, Where I go, you cannot come. 

Jesus: You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you do not believe that I am he, you shall die in your sins. 

Jews: Who are you? 

Jesus: Even the same that I said to you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 

They did not understood that he spoke to them of the Father. 

Jesus: When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 

As he spoke these words, many believed on him. 

Jesus (to those Jews who believed on him): If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Those Jews who believed on him: We are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how do you say, You shall be made free? 

Jesus: Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abides not in the house for ever: but the Son abides ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your father.

Jews: Abraham is our father. 

Jesus: If ye were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. You do the deeds of your father. 

Jews: We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 

Jesus: If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, you believe me not. Which of you convicts me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do you not believe me? He that is of God hears God’s words: you therefore do not hear them, because you are not of God.

Jews: Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a devil? 

Jesus: I do not have a devil; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. And I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeks and judges. If a man keeps my saying, he shall never see death. 

Jews: Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Are you greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: Who do you make yourself out to be?

Jesus: If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me; of whom you say, that he is your God: Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 

Jews: You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? 

Jesus: Truly, before Abraham was, I am.

Then the Jews took up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. 

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Why did this make the Jews want to Jesus for saying “before Abraham was, I am”?

Exodus 3:13-14 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am that I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. 

In saying “before Abraham was, I Am,” Jesus was claiming to be God.

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In the Temple

John 7:14-53 About the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 

Jews (marveled): How does this man know letters, having never learned? 

Jesus: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keep the law? Why do you go about seeking to kill me? 

The people: You have a devil; who goes about to kill you? 

Jesus: I have done one work, and you all marvel. Moses therefore gave to you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and you on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man whole on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. 

Some of them of Jerusalem: Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But he speaks boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? However, we know where this man is from: but when Christ comes, no man will know where he is from. 

Jesus (in the temple as he taught): You both know me, and you know where I am from: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom you know not. But I know him: for I am from him, and he has sent me. 

Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 

Many (who believed): When Christ comes, will he do more miracles than these which this man has done? 

The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 

Jesus: Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go to him that sent me. You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come.

Jews (speaking among themselves): Where will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go to the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come? 

In the last day of the feast
Jesus: If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this Jesus spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 

Many: Of a truth this is the Prophet. 
Others: This is the Christ.  
Some: Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 

So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees. 

Pharisees (to the officers): Why have you not brought him? 

The officers: Never man spake like this man. 

Pharisees: Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who know not the law are cursed. 

Nicodemus: Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does? 

Remember Nicodemus? He came to Jesus at night in John 3:1-20. Jesus spoke to him about being born again. And it was to Nicodemus that Jesus spoke those famous words: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Pharisees: Are you also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee arises no prophet. 

And every man went to his own house. And Jesus went to the mount of Olives.
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The Pharisees were making conclusions from false evidence. They knew the scriptures and knew that no prophet would arise from Galilee. But Jesus came from Bethlehem. and the scriptures do speak of Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Matthew 2:4-6 And when Herod had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 

But Isaiah did speak of Galilee.

Isaiah 9:1-2 ….Zebulun and the land of Naphtali…beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Matthew 4:13-16 And leaving Nazareth, Jesus came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

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Bible Reading schedule 9/26-9/30

Monday 9/26
In the Temple – John 7:14-53

Tuesday 9/27

The Adulterous Woman – John 8

Wednesday 9/28

Born Blind – John 9

Thursday 9/29

The Good Shepherd – John 10

Friday 9/30

Seventy – Luke 10:1-24

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Samaria

Luke 9:51-56 
Jesus began to travel to Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead of him. The messengers entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 

But the Samaritans would not receive him, because he was going to Jerusalem. 

James and John: Lord, shall we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did? (2 Kings 1)

Jesus (rebuked them): You don’t know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

And they went to another village.

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