Luke 10:1-24 . MISSION OF THE SEVENTY DISCIPLES, AND THEIR RETURN.
1. the Lord--a becoming title here, as this appointment was an act truly lordly [BENGEL].
other seventy also--rather, "others (also in number), seventy"; probably with allusion to the seventy elders of Israel on whom the Spirit descended in the wilderness ( Numbers 11:24 Numbers 11:25 ). The mission, unlike that of the Twelve, was evidently quite temporary. All the instructions are in keeping with a brief and hasty pioneering mission, intended to supply what of general preparation for coming events the Lord's own visit afterwards to the same "cities and places" ( Luke 10:1 ) would not, from want of time, now suffice to accomplish; whereas the instructions to the Twelve, besides embracing all those to the Seventy, contemplate world-wide and permanent effects. Accordingly, after their return from this single missionary tour, we never again read of the Seventy.