10:1 After 1 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.
(1) The seventy are sent as the second
forewarners of the coming of Christ.
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
(2) The faithful ministers of the word are in
this world as lambs among wolves: but if they are diligent to do their duty,
he who sent them will also preserve them.
10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and
salute a no man by the way.
(a) This is spoken figuratively, which manner of
speech men use when they put down more in words than is meant. This is usual
among the Hebrews when they command a thing to be done speedily without delay,
as is found in (2 Kings
4:29); for in any other case courteous and gentle salutations are matters
of Christian duty: as for the calling, it was only for a limited time.
10:6 And if b
the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn
to you again.
(b) So say the Hebrews: that is, he that favours
the doctrine of peace and embraces it.
10:7 And in the same house c
remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy
of his hire. Go not from house to house.
(c) Take up your lodging in that house which you
enter into first, that is, do not be concerned about comfortable lodging, as
men do who plan to stay in a place a long time: for here that solemn preaching
of the gospel, which was used afterward when the Churches were settled, is not
instituted: but these are sent abroad to all the coasts of Judea to show them
that the last jubilee is at hand.
10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they
receive you, d eat such things as are
set before you:
(d) Be content with the food that is set before
But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out
into the streets of the same, and say,
(3) God is a most severe avenger of the ministry
of his gospel.
4 And the seventy returned again with
joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us e
through thy name.
(4) Neither the gift of miracles, neither any
other excellent gift, but only our election gives us an occasion of true joy.
And only the publishing of the gospel is the destruction of Satan.
(e) For Christ's disciples used no absolute
authority, but performed the miracles they did by calling upon Christ's
10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as
lightning f fall from heaven.
(f) Paul writes that the location of the devil
and his angels is in the air, as is found in (Ephesians
6:12), and he is said to be cast down from there by force, when his power
is abolished by the voice of the Gospel.
10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on
serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall
by any means g hurt you.
(g) Will do you wrong.
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the h
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it
seemed good in thy sight.
(5) The Church is contemptible, if we consider
its outward appearance, but the wisdom of God is most marvellous in it.
(h) Of this world.
10:22 6 All
things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but
the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and [he] to whom the Son will
(6) Whoever seeks the Father without the Son
wanders out of the way.
10:23 7 And
he turned him unto [his] disciples, and said privately, Blessed [are] the eyes
which see the things that ye see:
(7) The difference between the Old Testament and
the New consists in the measure of revelation.
And, behold, i a certain lawyer stood
up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
(8) Faith does not take away but establishes the
doctrine of the law.
(i) One of those who proclaimed himself to be
learned in the rites and laws of Moses.
9 But he, willing k
to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
(9) The law defines our neighbour as anyone at
all that we may help.
(k) That is, to vouch his righteousness, or show
that he was just, that is, void of all faults: and (James
5:1-20) uses the word of justification in this sense.
10 Now it came to pass, as they went,
that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha
received him into her house.
(10) Christ does not desire to be waited upon in
a delicate manner, but to be heard diligently; this is that which he