Jesus’s ministry was growing. He sent out 36 teams to prepare for his visits. He taught then the importance of walking by faith. Take no food and make no arrangements in advance. The disciples were to experience ministry on the front line. Jesus knew they would be rejected by some. Jesus wanted to teach His folks that rejection of them was more accurately rejection of the Lord. They need not give it a second thought. So as Jesus sent them out, He armed them with peace and courage.
Now, these thousands of years later, He is still sending us out. He is still arming us with peace and courage. Jesus is still reminding us that when our message is rejected it is at Jesus and not us that rejection is aimed. He also still wants His chosen to remember He is with us always. He is faithful to supply all our needs. We are His workmanship, and we need to follow Him closely. If we will; this journey will have purpose and make sense. Otherwise, we will wander aimlessly to an empty conclusion.
God Bless You
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.