2023-01-06 “Be Christ’s Obedient Messengers in Witnessing the Peace and Power of His Kingdom”(Luke 10:4-9)

Be Christ’s Obedient Messengers in Witnessing the Peace and Power of His Kingdom 在見証基督國度的平安和能力上,要作祂聽從的信使“(Luke 路加福音10:4-9)

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 those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”


Lord Jesus’ appointed/commissioned disciples/messengers were instructed not to be distracted by either material concerns or tedious ceremonies of etiquette but to bring a blessing of peace to each house, if the home would receive it. They were to trust that God would provide for them through others’ generosity and to thankfully receive what was offered to them (regarding the support as proper payment for their work on behalf of God’s kingdom) with no need to beg from house to house. The remarkable display of God’s power in the work (healing the sick and preaching what God’s kingdom was about from what Jesus had taught and shown) of the seventy-two was meant to prepare people for the ultimate revelation of God’s power and kingdom in the soon death and resurrection of Jesus.


Prayer: Faithful and Almighty God of Peace, thank you that Lord Jesus has not only reminded us to pray for the harvest but also called us to go for it telling us how to display a particular attitude for such work in representing Him and His message. May you grant us continual faith in His healing which is still important because it shows that God’s Kingdom has come with power (as everyone could expect it would), yet the power would be evident in such acts of mercy and kindness (which could be beyond expectation). Amen.

禱告: 信實、大能並賜平安的神啊,感謝你主耶穌已不單只提醒我們為收莊稼祈禱,而且呼召我們出去作,告訴我們為作此工要如何表現出一種特定的態度,來代表著祂和祂的信息。願你賜給我們在祂仍然重要的治病上持續的信心,因為那醫治表明神的國已經帶著能力降臨(正如每個人都可以期望它會是這樣),而這種能力會體現在如此憐憫和仁慈的作為上(這可以是超乎人的期望)。阿們。

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