Bible Commentaries

Luke 10

Verses 1-42

The mission of the seventy is recorded only by Luke. They went forth, sent by Jesus. They returned glad in the victories they had wrought in His name. He received them, and declared to them the whole truth concerning the kingdom of evil, in the words, "I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven," and then warned them not to rejoice in their apparent success, but rather in their relationship to that kingdom from which Satan had fallen.

A lawyer asked Him, 'Who is my neighbour?" and the story of the good Samaritan is our Lord's reply to that inquiry. We are arrested by the fact that He completely shifted the ground of the question, and by this reply said, in effect, that the question as to who is a neighbor was not so important as the question to whom was he a neighbor.

The account at the close of this chapter of the visit to the house of Martha and Mary is very full of beauty. In His declaration to Martha, "One thing is needful," He was revealing the supreme thing in life. If we would be strong for service in the strength that prevents distraction and unrest, we must how what it is to find time amid all the duties of life to sit at His feet as disciples.