We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks;
your name is near.
People tell of your wondrous deeds.
Many of these laws are difficult to translate into our modern life, but some seem applicable. Modern society still needs ways to protect the poor and the powerless.
Jesus told them if a town and its people didn't welcome them then they were to confront their resistance but not silently. "Let them know that the kingdom of God has come near."
Woes will come to the towns that reject them. Note that although the missionaries are to tell about the judgment and punishment, it's not their function to enact it.
The mission of these seventy turns out well. They report with joy, "Even the demons submit to us!"
"Satan is dead," he tells them. "I saw him fall like a flash of lightning." Why do we still fear Satan if Jesus has already seen him die? Why are we afraid of anything?
Jesus tells them that they can expect continued accomplishments--and why. They have been given authority--and that authority has been given by him. He then adds that they shouldn't rejoice as much over their power but rather over the source of any power that they are able to see or use.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, help us to continue to care for the poor and the powerless. Encourage us to reach out to people that need to hear your word. Help us to do your will and focus much less on what benefits ourselves. Amen.