It’s so amazing how I have read this portion of Scripture so many times and yet the simplicity but complete profound impact it has is what I missed! Now in order to understand how the transformation works, you first need to look at what happened with the disciples in Luke 9.
Luke 9 Failure
Let’s take a look at the assignment the disciples were given and find out how it was carried out:
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Everything good right? Great. Pay very close attention to verse 6. Let’s move on to verse 10:
And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing
Now wait a minute! Why would Jesus have pulled the disciples aside if things went well? Was He not supposed to rejoice with them? The other thing is that Jesus received the people which means, in contrast, the disciples did not want them around. Furthermore, Jesus did the very things He assigned His disciples to do, which was to heal the people! You have to ask yourself why is He doing it? I believe the answer is in this next verse:
12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
If you’re going to reach out to people, you will need them to come to you! If the disciples did not want them around, it means something wrong happened somewhere. They might have either forgotten their assignment or simply did not carry out properly. Now bear in mind in verse 1 they were given power and authority over demons and to heal the sick. Verse 37 happens after the transfiguration:
37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. 38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
How do you get given the power to heal someone and cast out demons, and not be able to do it!? A lot of people argue that they did not have faith. That could true. They had to have doubted their ability to do everything Jesus told them to do. It is also possible for them to have carried out the assignment one by one, not necessarily to prove each other (though it might have grown to that) but rather because that may have been their strategy. In the end, not matter how they chose to fulfill the task, their doubt led them to complete failure so that Jesus had to do everything Himself!
In the next chapter we’ll look at what the seventy did in order to bring the results they had. It is almost as if Jesus was saying to the disciples, “Let me show you how it’s supposed to be done.”
As He instructs them (the seventy) I’ll point out the practical steps they implemented that we can not only learn but also practice. In essence it’s also what Jesus wants us to do!
Luke 10 Transformation (L 10 T)
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
1) Bless people by declaring peace over them. Declare peace over:
a) B-ody- health
b) L-abour- security. So that will be work and home life
c) E-motion- peace and love from the inside
d) S-ocial- relationships with family, friends, workmates, superiors and subordinates.
e) S-piritual- relationships with cell groups etc
Matthew 5:43-48– Forgive the people and then pray God’s blessing over them
7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
2) Build relationships through fellowship and establishing personal relationships. Good listening is key. Be exemplary and honest:
Romans 14:1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things
v13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
v19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
9 And heal the sick there,
3) Meet needs Matthew 25:31-40. Ask if you can pray for people and be gentle in probing for the real needs in their life. This goes a long way and it can also be applied to organizations and businesses.
and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
Take 5- An application of the L 10 T
a) Make a list of people (you want to reach out to) and pray for them
b) Meet their needs, whatever they may be.
c) Pray for them while you’re there.
d) Share your story, in essence your testimony
Luke 10 Effect
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
One has to ask, “When did Jesus say that they will have power to cast out demons?” Yet that’s exactly what they did!
After you apply 5 steps be sure to chronicle your success and testify in for example small groups, family, friends etc. Matthew 13:3-23 talks about the parable of the sower which illustrates the importance of doing the word.
Planning it out
Accountability- have someone accountable to you so that you can stay on track and remember more often.
Sharing and follow up- double check with the person you shared with and see how they’ve grown and changed.
Journaling- Write down your progress and success or failures and why they occurred.
Plan for your next approach- when will you decide to do the L 10 T?