After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. Luke 10:1-12
In today’s verses we see that Jesus has sent an additional 72 disciples out to the towns and villages He will be traveling through to spread the word about Jesus and that the kingdom of God had come. Once again they are to take nothing with them except for the cloths they wore. They are to eat what is served in the homes they stay and bless those who receive them.
However, if they are not welcomed in a town they are to publicly kick the dust off their feet and tell them that even though they did not believe or welcome it the kingdom of God has come near.” Then Jesus adds that Sodom will be better off when the judgment comes than that town who had the chance but refused Jesus and His envoy.
We all know the story of Sodom and how they rejected God and became a city where anything went. They were as ungodly a city as ever was and yet Jesus says these towns that did not receive Him would be worse off. Sodom had forgotten God and drifted away from His laws and precepts. They had lost contact with God and in doing so had fallen into the worst sin and debauchery. But these towns rejected God come down to earth. They were Jewish towns who knew about the Messiah and when He was to come yet they refused to believe.
I think Jesus is telling us that there is a bigger price to pay for those who have the information they need to believe but still refuse to believe. I think that is especially true today. No one has the excuse that they did not know about Jesus, especially in the West. There is so much information about Jesus that one has to make an effort to avoid hearing about Jesus.
For anyone who seeks God, God will provide a way for them to get the information they need to come to a decision to follow Him. But for those who refuse Him, they will stand at the judgment relying on their own works and will be found wanting. Now some will cry that their good outweighed the bad but I think a recent trial in Houston is a good example of that logic. A doctor and cancel researcher was accused of poising her lover and was found guilty. Her lawyers argued for leniency because all the good work she had done attending cancer patients. The jury however found that even with all the good works the one bad thing was enough to sentence her to ten years in prison. We are not judged on how the good and bad balance out but because we are sinners. Even one sin is enough for judgment. Just as breaking one law can send us to prison so one sin can cause us to be banished from God’s presence. But we have a way out. All we need do is call on Jesus and accept Him as Lord and savior. Then we will be judged not on our own works but on what Jesus had done. His righteousness will be imputed on us and God will remember our sins no more.
Have a blessed day,