February 17 – Chronological Gospels

“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)

We are following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Luke 10

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others 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.
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

SOAP Note

Out On Top | Jess Howell

Scripture

Luke 10:19

Observation

Jesus gave his disciples healing authority to go out and prepare the way for Him. He also gave them authority to defeat Satan, and they were shocked and delighted when it actually worked!

Application

I didn’t used to believe it but spiritual warfare is a very real thing. I thought of the struggle with the enemy like a game of tug of war – God pulling one side and Satan pulling the other. But I realized my perspective isn’t correct – the struggle isn’t on a level playing field. God has authority over ALL, and he grants ME authority over the enemy at the bottom. I have to be conscious of the enemy’s tactics and his voice in my mind.

Prayer

God, it’s such a relief to know you have given me authority to tackle a very real and frightening enemy. His voice sometimes speaks so loud I can’t look past it, but I love knowing that I can control my thoughts to overcome him. I pray that You would equip me to recognize when I’m being attacked. Thank you Father, Amen.

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  1. I touched a bit on this when we met on Thursday, but here’s a bit more of an in depth look at the Focus God was trying to show me

    S: Luke 10:42

    O: This is the story of Mary & Martha. Martha assumes her role in society and begins preparing a meal for her guests, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to him. When Martha gets upset, Jesus responds that Mary has discovered the one thing worth being concerned about – Jesus – and that wasn’t going to be taken away from her.

    A: First, I am so thankful for grace. I relate to Martha very strongly and very deeply. I get concerned with things that matter to no one but me all the time. But I’m still saved! What a relief! Secondly, I admire the mindset presented here. Nothing but Jesus matters. I know it in my head and even my heart, but I don’t always live it very well. What Martha was doing in this story wasn’t wrong. It’s exactly what she should have been doing according to the customs of the time. But it became a problem when she let it get in the way of her relationship with Jesus. How often do I do the very same thing? What in my life is harmless at the surface, but is wrong because I let it distract me from the one true thing worth being concerned about? And how do I live a life more like Mary, more concerned with Jesus and living according to his example than anything else?

    P: Father, I’m a Martha but I want to be a Mary. I want my life to be evidence of the fact that I have discovered the one thing worth being concerned about. While I understand how that looks in this story, I’m not sure what it means for me. Show me, guide me, teach me to be a Mary. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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