Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Jesus set for His disciples the example of a resolute life. He was determined to accomplish His purpose for coming to this earth. He tolerated no double-mindedness in His followers. He wanted them to be determined, resolved, bold, and steady. He challenged them to totally cast aside their comforts, worldly desires, and ties to family (both living and dead) in order to put their hands to the "gospel plow."

In order to follow Him, His disciples needed to be like Him. In the final days of His life, He issued two simple commands to them: "come" and "go." First, he commanded, "Come, be my disciple" (Luke 9:59), encouraging them to imitate His example of resolve. Next, he challenged them, saying, "Go now, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves" (Luke 10:3). The disciples were given clear instruction to waste no time on greetings along the way or in lingering in towns that rejected the gospel message.

Time is of the essence when the harvest is ripe and a storm is approaching. Similarly, there is a spiritual harvest of souls waiting to be reaped. We must leave behind earthly distractions and work passionately for God, like Jesus did, recognizing that "there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end" (John 9:4).

The Law commanded, "Do not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together" (Deuteronomy 22:10). If you hook up to the gospel plow, don't mix with the wrong company. Be single-minded and resolute, straining "to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven" (Philippians 3:14).

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30

Atonement for an Unsolved Murder

21 If someone is found slain, lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who the killer was,S Nu 25:17your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yokeS Nu 19:2and lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer’s neck.The Levitical priests shall step forward, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessingsS Ge 48:20; S Ex 39:43 in the name of the Lord and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.Dt 17:8-11Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their handsMt 27:24 over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, Lord, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.” Then the bloodshed will be atoned for,Nu 35:33-34and you will have purgedDt 19:13 from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

Marrying a Captive Woman

10 When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your handsJos 21:44 and you take captives,1Ki 8:46; 1Ch 9:1; Ezr 5:12; Jer 40:1; Eze 1:1; 17:12; Da 2:25; Mic 4:1011 if you notice among the captives a beautifulGe 6:2 woman and are attracted to her,S Ge 34:8 you may take her as your wife.12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head,S Lev 14:9; S Nu 8:7; 1Co 11:5 trim her nails13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month,Ps 45:10 then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.S Ge 34:2

The Right of the Firstborn

15 If a man has two wives,S Ge 4:19 and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love,Ge 29:3316 when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love.1Ch 26:1017 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double2Ki 2:9; Isa 40:2; 61:7; Zec 9:12 share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength.S Ge 49:3 The right of the firstborn belongs to him.Ge 25:31; Lk 15:12

A Rebellious Son

18 If someone has a stubborn and rebelliousPs 78:8; Jer 5:23; Zep 3:1 sonPr 30:17 who does not obey his father and motherS Ge 31:35; Pr 1:8; Isa 30:1; Eph 6:1-3 and will not listen to them when they discipline him,19 his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.20 They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”21 Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death.S Lev 20:9 You must purge the evilDt 19:19; 1Co 5:13* from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.S Dt 13:11

Various Laws

22 If someone guilty of a capital offenseDt 22:26; Mt 26:66; Mk 14:64; Ac 23:29 is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole,23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight.Jos 8:29; 10:27; Jn 19:31 Be sure to buryEze 39:12 it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.Ezr 6:11; Est 2:23; 7:9; 8:7; 9:13, 25; Isa 50:11; Gal 3:13* You must not desecrateS Lev 18:25 the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

22 If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.Ex 23:4-5; Pr 27:10; Zec 7:9If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.

If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkeyEx 23:5 or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.1Co 9:9

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.

If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.Lev 22:28You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go,S Lev 22:28 so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.S Dt 5:29

When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.Jos 2:8; 1Sa 9:25; 2Sa 11:2

Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard;Lev 19:19 if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.Or be forfeited to the sanctuary

10 Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.2Co 6:14

11 Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.Lev 19:19

12 Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.Nu 15:37-41; Mt 23:5

Marriage Violations

13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with herDt 24:1, dislikes her14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,”15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gateS Ge 23:10 proof that she was a virgin.16 Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.17 Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,18 and the eldersEx 18:21; Dt 1:9-18 shall take the man and punish him.19 They shall fine him a hundred shekelsThat is, about 2 1/2 pounds or about 1.2 kilograms of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

20 If, however, the charge is trueDt 17:4 and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found,21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thingS Ge 34:7; S 38:24; S Lev 19:29; Dt 23:17-18; 1Co 5:13* in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept2Sa 11:4 with her and the woman must die.S Ge 38:24; S Ex 21:12; Mt 5:27-28; Jn 8:5; 1Co 6:9; Heb 13:4 You must purge the evil from Israel.

23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.1Co 5:13*

25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor,27 for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed,S Ge 39:14 there was no one to rescue her.

28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,Ex 22:1629 he shall pay her father fifty shekelsThat is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

30 A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.In Hebrew texts this verse (22:30) is numbered 23:1.S Ge 29:29; S Lev 18:8; S 20:9; 1Co 5:1

Cleansing for Unsolved Murder

21 “When you are in the land the Lord your God is giving you, someone may be found murdered in a field, and you don’t know who committed the murder.In such a case, your elders and judges must measure the distance from the site of the crime to the nearby towns.When the nearest town has been determined, that town’s elders must select from the herd a heifer that has never been trained or yoked to a plow.They must lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and that has a stream running through it. There in the valley they must break the heifer’s neck.Then the Levitical priests must step forward, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in the Lord’s name. They are to decide all legal and criminal cases.

“The elders of the town must wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken.Then they must say, ‘Our hands did not shed this person’s blood, nor did we see it happen.O Lord, forgive your people Israel whom you have redeemed. Do not charge your people with the guilt of murdering an innocent person.’ Then they will be absolved of the guilt of this person’s blood.By following these instructions, you will do what is right in the Lord’s sight and will cleanse the guilt of murder from your community.

Marriage to a Captive Woman

10 “Suppose you go out to war against your enemies and the Lord your God hands them over to you, and you take some of them as captives.11 And suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you are attracted to her and want to marry her.12 If this happens, you may take her to your home, where she must shave her head, cut her nails,13 and change the clothes she was wearing when she was captured. She will stay in your home, but let her mourn for her father and mother for a full month. Then you may marry her, and you will be her husband and she will be your wife.14 But if you marry her and she does not please you, you must let her go free. You may not sell her or treat her as a slave, for you have humiliated her.

Rights of the Firstborn

15 “Suppose a man has two wives, but he loves one and not the other, and both have given him sons. And suppose the firstborn son is the son of the wife he does not love.16 When the man divides his inheritance, he may not give the larger inheritance to his younger son, the son of the wife he loves, as if he were the firstborn son.17 He must recognize the rights of his oldest son, the son of the wife he does not love, by giving him a double portion. He is the first son of his father’s virility, and the rights of the firstborn belong to him.

Dealing with a Rebellious Son

18 “Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or mother, even though they discipline him.19 In such a case, the father and mother must take the son to the elders as they hold court at the town gate.20 The parents must say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious and refuses to obey. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’21 Then all the men of his town must stone him to death. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid.

Various Regulations

22 “If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and hung on a tree,Or impaled on a pole; similarly in 21:23.23 the body must not remain hanging from the tree overnight. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone who is hungGreek version reads for everyone who is hung on a tree. Compare Gal 3:13. is cursed in the sight of God. In this way, you will prevent the defilement of the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.

22 “If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility.Hebrew don’t hide yourself; similarly in 22:3. Take it back to its owner.If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it.Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility.

“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet!

“A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the Lord your God.

“If you happen to find a bird’s nest in a tree or on the ground, and there are young ones or eggs in it with the mother sitting in the nest, do not take the mother with the young.You may take the young, but let the mother go, so that you may prosper and enjoy a long life.

“When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof.

“You must not plant any other crop between the rows of your vineyard. If you do, you are forbidden to use either the grapes from the vineyard or the other crop.

10 “You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.

11 “You must not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven together.

12 “You must put four tassels on the hem of the cloak with which you cover yourself—on the front, back, and sides.

Regulations for Sexual Purity

13 “Suppose a man marries a woman, but after sleeping with her, he turns against her14 and publicly accuses her of shameful conduct, saying, ‘When I married this woman, I discovered she was not a virgin.’15 Then the woman’s father and mother must bring the proof of her virginity to the elders as they hold court at the town gate.16 Her father must say to them, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife, and now he has turned against her.17 He has accused her of shameful conduct, saying, “I discovered that your daughter was not a virgin.” But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.’ Then they must spread her bed sheet before the elders.18 The elders must then take the man and punish him.19 They must also fine him 100 pieces of silver,Hebrew 100 [shekels] of silver, about 2.5 pounds or 1.1 kilograms in weight. which he must pay to the woman’s father because he publicly accused a virgin of Israel of shameful conduct. The woman will then remain the man’s wife, and he may never divorce her.

20 “But suppose the man’s accusations are true, and he can show that she was not a virgin.21 The woman must be taken to the door of her father’s home, and there the men of the town must stone her to death, for she has committed a disgraceful crime in Israel by being promiscuous while living in her parents’ home. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.

22 “If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the woman must die. In this way, you will purge Israel of such evil.

23 “Suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin who is engaged to be married, and he has sexual intercourse with her. If this happens within a town,24 you must take both of them to the gates of that town and stone them to death. The woman is guilty because she did not scream for help. The man must die because he violated another man’s wife. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.

25 “But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die.26 Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. She is as innocent as a murder victim.27 Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.

28 “Suppose a man has intercourse with a young woman who is a virgin but is not engaged to be married. If they are discovered,29 he must pay her father fifty pieces of silver.Hebrew 50 [shekels] of silver, about 1.25 pounds or 570 grams in weight. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he may never divorce her as long as he lives.

30 Verse 22:30 is numbered 23:1 in Hebrew text.“A man must not marry his father’s former wife, for this would violate his father.

21 If one be found slain in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:

Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;

And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:

And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the Lord; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:

And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,

11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;

12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:

16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

22 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.

And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.

Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:

But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.

10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:

16 And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

25 But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die.

26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:

27 For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.

28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

30 A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt.

Luke 9:51-10:12

Samaritan Opposition

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,S Mk 16:19 Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.Lk 13:22; 17:11; 18:31; 19:2852 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a SamaritanS Mt 10:5 village to get things ready for him;53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.54 When the disciples James and JohnS Mt 4:21 saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy themSome manuscripts them, just as Elijah did?”2Ki 1:10, 1255 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

The Cost of Following Jesus9:57-60pp — Mt 8:19-22

57 As they were walking along the road,ver 51 a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”S Mt 4:19

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”S Mt 3:2

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”1Ki 19:20

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two10:4-12pp — Lk 9:3-510:13-15, 21, 22pp — Mt 11:21-23, 25-2710:23, 24pp — Mt 13:16, 17

10 After this the LordS Lk 7:13 appointed seventy-twoSome manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17 othersLk 9:1, 2, 51, 52 and sent them two by twoMk 6:7 ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.Mt 10:1He 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.Mt 9:37, 38; Jn 4:35Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.Mt 10:16Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.S 1Ti 5:18 Do not move around from house to house.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.1Co 10:27Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 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.S Mt 10:14 Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ver 912 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for SodomS Mt 10:15 than for that town.Mt 11:24

Opposition from Samaritans

51 As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival.53 But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem.54 When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them upSome manuscripts add as Elijah did.?”55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.Some manuscripts add an expanded conclusion to verse 55 and an additional sentence in verse 56: And he said, “You don’t realize what your hearts are like. 56 For the Son of Man has not come to destroy people’s lives, but to save them.”56 So they went on to another village.

The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

59 He said to another person, “Come, follow me.”

The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead!Greek Let the dead bury their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”

62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Jesus Sends Out His Disciples

10 The Lord now chose seventy-twoSome manuscripts read seventy; also in 10:17. other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit.These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.

“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.

“If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you.Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’10 But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say,11 ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’12 I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.

51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

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 whatsoever house ye 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 turn to you again.

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,

11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

Psalm 74:1-23

Psalm 74

A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejectedS Ps 43:2 us forever?S Ps 44:23

Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?Ps 79:13; 95:7; 100:3

Remember the nation you purchasedS Ex 15:16; S 1Co 6:20 long ago,S Dt 32:7

the people of your inheritance,S Ex 34:9 whom you redeemedS Ex 15:13; S Isa 48:20

Mount Zion,Ps 2:6 where you dwelt.Ps 43:3; 68:16; Isa 46:13; Joel 3:17, 21; Ob 1:17

Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,Isa 44:26; 52:9

all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roaredLa 2:7 in the place where you met with us;

they set up their standardsS Nu 2:2; S Jer 4:6 as signs.

They behaved like men wielding axes

to cut through a thicket of trees.Jer 46:22

They smashed all the carvedS 1Ki 6:18 paneling

with their axes and hatchets.

They burned your sanctuary to the ground;

they defiledS Lev 20:3; Ac 21:28 the dwelling placeS Lev 15:31 of your Name.Ps 75:1

They said in their hearts, “We will crushPs 94:5 them completely!”

They burned2Ki 25:9; 2Ch 36:19; Jer 21:10; 34:22; 52:13 every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;S Ex 4:17; S 10:1

no prophetsS 1Sa 3:1 are left,

and none of us knows how long this will be.

10 How longPs 6:3; 79:5; 80:4 will the enemy mockver 22 you, God?

Will the foe revileS Ps 44:16 your name forever?

11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?S Ex 15:6

Take it from the folds of your garmentNe 5:13; Eze 5:3 and destroy them!

12 But God is my KingPs 2:6; S 24:7; 68:24 from long ago;

he brings salvationPs 27:1 on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the seaS Ex 14:21 by your power;

you broke the heads of the monsterIsa 27:1; 51:9; Eze 29:3; 32:2 in the waters.

14 It was you who crushed the heads of LeviathanS Job 3:8

and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.Isa 13:21; 23:13; 34:14; Jer 50:39

15 It was you who opened up springsS Ex 17:6; S Nu 20:11 and streams;

you dried upS Ex 14:29; S Jos 2:10 the ever-flowing rivers.

16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;

you established the sun and moon.S Ge 1:16; Ps 136:7-9

17 It was you who set all the boundariesDt 32:8; Ac 17:26 of the earth;

you made both summer and winter.S Ge 8:22

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,

how foolish peopleDt 32:6 have reviled your name.

19 Do not hand over the life of your doveS Ge 8:8; S Isa 59:11 to wild beasts;

do not forget the lives of your afflictedS Ps 9:18 people forever.

20 Have regard for your covenant,S Ge 6:18

because haunts of violence fill the dark placesJob 34:22 of the land.

21 Do not let the oppressedPs 9:9; 10:18; 103:6; Isa 58:10 retreat in disgrace;

may the poor and needyS Ps 35:10 praise your name.

22 Rise up,Ps 17:13 O God, and defend your cause;

remember how foolsS Ps 53:1 mock you all day long.

23 Do not ignore the clamorIsa 31:4 of your adversaries,S Ps 65:7

the uproarS Ps 46:6 of your enemies,S Nu 25:17 which rises continually.

Psalm 74

A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejected us so long?

Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?

Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,

the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!

And remember Jerusalem,Hebrew Mount Zion. your home here on earth.

Walk through the awful ruins of the city;

see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.

There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries;

there they set up their battle standards.

They swung their axes

like woodcutters in a forest.

With axes and picks,

they smashed the carved paneling.

They burned your sanctuary to the ground.

They defiled the place that bears your name.

Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!”

So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.

We no longer see your miraculous signs.

All the prophets are gone,

and no one can tell us when it will end.

10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you?

Will you let them dishonor your name forever?

11 Why do you hold back your strong right hand?

Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

12 You, O God, are my king from ages past,

bringing salvation to the earth.

13 You split the sea by your strength

and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.

14 You crushed the heads of LeviathanThe identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.

and let the desert animals eat him.

15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth,

and you dried up rivers that never run dry.

16 Both day and night belong to you;

you made the starlightOr moon; Hebrew reads light. and the sun.

17 You set the boundaries of the earth,

and you made both summer and winter.

18 See how these enemies insult you, Lord.

A foolish nation has dishonored your name.

19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves.

Don’t forget your suffering people forever.

20 Remember your covenant promises,

for the land is full of darkness and violence!

21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again.

Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.

22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause.

Remember how these fools insult you all day long.

23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said

or their growing uproar.

74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

Proverbs 12:11

11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,

but those who chase fantasies have no sense.Pr 28:19

11 A hard worker has plenty of food,

but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

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