Wait a minute. Last week you told me a story about Jesus healing that blind man, and now you’re telling me He sent His disciples away?
What do you mean, a training mission?
Well, if Jesus is training His disciples, I should get trained too. I’m going with them.
I don’t need to listen to the story. I’ll find it out from those disciples when I follow them.
Okay, I’ll listen.
Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go.
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. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.”
Those disciples need a guard dog to protect them from those wolves. I’d better go for sure.
Jesus told the disciples to stay in the first house they enter if a man of peace is there, and not to move around from house to house. He also said, “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’”
Wait! They got free food and then they got to do miracles too?
I’m going on this trip for sure.
Then Jesus said to them, “When you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’”
I like kicking up dust. That sounds like fun.
I am listening.
When the seventy-two disciples returned they were full of joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
I think I’m going to go out and get me a few snakes and scorpions right now.
“However,” Jesus said, “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Snakes and scorpions, watch out! I’m going to trample on you and then I’m going to escape to heaven where you can’t touch me – ‘cause my name’s written there.
September 1, 2013 at 11:00 am
It certainly is, Bongo but hold your horses! You still have much work to do down here!!
September 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm
Marina, I’ll still hang out around here. Maybe just send those snakes somewhere else. But did you say I have horses? I’m ready to go riding then.
September 2, 2013 at 4:50 am
uh, Bongo. think. thunder. where does it come from? a wee hint: heaven…?!? … ☺
September 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Sunshine, nooooo! That means that heaven isn’t perfect.
September 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm
Bongo, heaven is perfect so now all you have to do is think: thunder really is music. yeah. really loud drum music. ☺
September 2, 2013 at 7:09 am
Of course your name’s written there Bongo!!! 🙂
September 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Kevin, that’s what I figured since I’m such a perfect dog. That means your name must be written there too.
September 2, 2013 at 8:23 am
Bongo, did those disciples learn to sit and stay? It sounds like they might have learned to speak and heal. 😉
September 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm
FleaByte, I guess I need to learn some new tricks to keep up with those disciples.
September 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Imagine what we could do with Jesus helping us dogs to take over the world…. what about cats? Do we get to stomp cats? -Ginger
September 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm
Ginger, every time I try to stomp on Scratchy he runs away. And he’s faster than a snake.