Jesus Set His Face to Jerusalem

Luke 9:51-11:54

951It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. 53They didn’t receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. 54When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said,

JAMES THE DISCIPLE & JOHN THE DISCIPLE

Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?

55But he turned and rebuked them,

JESUS

You don’t know of what kind of spirit you are. 56For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

They went to another village. 57As they went on the way, a certain man said to him,

SOMEONE ALONG THE ROAD

I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord.

58Jesus said to him,

JESUS

The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.

59He said to another,

JESUS

Follow me!

But he said,

SOMEONE ALONG THE ROAD

Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.

60But Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce God’s Kingdom.

61Another also said,

SOMEONE ALONG THE ROAD

I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.

62But Jesus said to him,

JESUS

No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.

101Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him* into every city and place, where he was about to come. 2Then he said to them,

JESUS

The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way. 5Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ 6If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don’t go from house to house. 8Into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat the things that are set before you. 9Heal the sick who are therein, and tell them, ‘God’s Kingdom has come near to you.’ 10But into whatever city you enter, and they don’t receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that God’s Kingdom has come near to you.’ 12I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
13Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. 15You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.* 16Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.

17The seventy returned with joy, saying,

72 DISCIPLES

Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!

18He said to them,

JESUS

I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you. 20Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

21In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said,

JESUS

I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.

22Turning to the disciples, he said,

JESUS

All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him.

23Turning to the disciples, he said privately,

JESUS

Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see, 24for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn’t see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn’t hear them.

25Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying,

A RELIGIOUS TEACHER

Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26He said to him,

JESUS

What is written in the law? How do you read it?

27He answered,

A RELIGIOUS TEACHER

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;* and your neighbor as yourself.*

28He said to him,

JESUS

You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.

29But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus,

A RELIGIOUS TEACHER

Who is my neighbor?

30Jesus answered,

JESUS

A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, 34came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ 36Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?

37He said,

A RELIGIOUS TEACHER

He who showed mercy on him.

Then Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Go and do likewise.

38As they went on their way, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said,

MARTHA

Lord, don’t you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me.

41Jesus answered her,

JESUS

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.

111When he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him,

ONE DISCIPLE

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.

2He said to them,

JESUS

When you pray, say,
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
3Give us day by day our daily bread.
4Forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
Bring us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

5He said to them,

JESUS

Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ 7and he from within will answer and say, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you’? 8I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.
9I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.
11Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won’t give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12Or if he asks for an egg, he won’t give him a scorpion, will he? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

14He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15But some of them said,

THE CROWD

He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.

16Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven. 17But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them,

JESUS

Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided against itself falls. 18If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore will they be your judges. 20But if I by God’s finger cast out demons, then God’s Kingdom has come to you.
21When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks him and overcomes him, he takes from him his whole armor in which he trusted, and divides his plunder.
23He that is not with me is against me. He who doesn’t gather with me scatters. 24The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of the man, passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, ‘I will turn back to my house from which I came out.’ 25When he returns, he finds it swept and put in order. 26Then he goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first.

27It came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said to him,

A WOMAN IN THE CROWD

Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!

28But he said,

JESUS

On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.

29When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say,

JESUS

This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet. 30For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation. 31The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, one greater than Jonah is here.
33No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light. 34The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. 35Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn’t darkness. 36If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.

37Now as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him. He went in, and sat at the table. 38When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed himself before dinner. 39The Lord said to him,

JESUS

Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness. 40You foolish ones, didn’t he who made the outside make the inside also? 41But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you. 42But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you bypass justice and the love of God. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. 43Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces. 44Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like hidden graves, and the men who walk over them don’t know it.

45One of the lawyers answered him,

A RELIGIOUS TEACHER

Teacher, in saying this you insult us also.

46He said,

JESUS

Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won’t even lift one finger to help carry those burdens. 47Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49Therefore also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute, 50that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.’ Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. 52Woe to you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge. You didn’t enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered.

53As he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be terribly angry, and to draw many things out of him; 54lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch him in something he might say, that they might accuse him.

*Luke 10:1 literally, “before his face”
*Luke 10:15 Hades is the lower realm of the dead, or Hell.
*Luke 10:27 Deuteronomy 6:5
*Luke 10:27 Leviticus 19:18

DIGGING DEEPER

  • Note the different ways people responded to Jesus as he journeyed to Jerusalem.
  • Do you identify with one of those responses? If so, how?
  • According to Jesus, who is one's "neighbor" and what does loving them look like?
  • The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. What can you learn from Jesus' response?
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