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The Lord's Seventy

"After 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. Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest [see Christ's Pentecost to understand the "harvests" of humanity; see also The Great Tribulation]. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way." (Luke 10:1-4 KJV)

"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"

Just as John the Baptist had prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah (see also The Elijah To Come), the seventy that Jesus appointed also had that purpose, to announce the coming of Him i.e. "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" (Luke 10:1 KJV). The seventy did however seem to have miraculous powers as well, by means of the Holy Spirit of God, that John is not recorded as making use of. John certainly had a greater measure of the Holy Spirit i.e. "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist" (Matthew 11:11 KJV). The fact that there were seventy of them doing what John did alone also makes that evident.

Jesus' further instructions to the seventy:

The Seventy

"And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house."

"And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city." (Luke 10:5-12 KJV)

Jesus then used specific examples, such as the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida (two towns near to Jesus' home in Capernaum, on the north shore of The Sea Of Galilee), who had the direct benefit of Christ's witness and teaching among them and yet failed to repent, while others who had less direct access to the Messiah did what was right (e.g. see The Christians of Tyre).

"Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in Sackcloth and Ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell." [see Where Is Hell?]

"He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me." (Luke 10:13-16 KJV) [see also Bind and Loose]

As mentioned, the seventy are recorded as having been given powers that John the Baptist is not recorded to have had, or to have used (from what is recorded of him, John was an intense, but at the same time very humble, man; the power of his personality may well have been enough - see also John's Last Days).

"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name."

"And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 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 hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."

"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 wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight."

"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 reveal Him."

"And He turned Him unto His disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many Prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Luke 10:17-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Moses also have a "seventy" to assist him?
See The Seventy; also The Education Of Moses

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