After this, the Lord appointed 70 other disciples to go ahead of him to every city and place that he intended to go. They were to travel in pairs.
He told them, "The harvest is large, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord who gives this harvest to send workers to harvest his crops.
Go! I'm sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Don't carry a wallet, a traveling bag, or sandals, and don't stop to greet anyone on the way.
Whenever you go into a house, greet the family right away with the words, 'May there be peace in this house.'
If a peaceful person lives there, your greeting will be accepted. But if that's not the case, your greeting will be rejected.
Stay with the family that accepts you. Eat and drink whatever they offer you. After all, the worker deserves his pay. Do not move around from one house to another.
Whenever you go into a city and the people welcome you, eat whatever they serve you.
Heal the sick that are there, and tell the people, 'The kingdom of God is near you!'
"But whenever you go into a city and people don't welcome you, leave. Announce in its streets,
'We are wiping your city's dust from our feet in protest against you! But realize that the kingdom of God is near you!'
I can guarantee that judgment day will be easier for Sodom than for that city.
"How horrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How horrible it will be for you, Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in your cities had been worked in Tyre and Sidon, they would have changed the way they thought and acted. Long ago they would have worn sackcloth and sat in ashes.
Judgment day will be better for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to heaven? No, you will go to hell!
"The person who hears you hears me, and the person who rejects you rejects me. The person who rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
The 70 disciples came back very happy. They said, "Lord, even demons obey us when we use the power and authority of your name!"
Jesus said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
I have given you the authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to destroy the enemy's power. Nothing will hurt you.
However, don't be happy that evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven."
In that hour the Holy Spirit filled Jesus with joy. Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from wise and intelligent people and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.
"My Father has turned everything over to me. Only the Father knows who the Son is. And no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him."
He turned to his disciples in private and said to them, "How blessed you are to see what you've seen.
I can guarantee that many prophets and kings wanted to see and hear what you've seen and heard, but they didn't."
Then an expert in Moses' Teachings stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus answered him, "What is written in Moses' Teachings? What do you read there?"
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.' And 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'"
Jesus told him, "You're right! Do this, and life will be yours."
But the man wanted to justify his question. So he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead.
"By chance, a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he went around him and continued on his way.
Then a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he, too, went around him and continued on his way.
"But a Samaritan, as he was traveling along, came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man,
went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
The next day the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. He told the innkeeper, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than that, I'll pay you on my return trip.'
"Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?"
The expert said, "The one who was kind enough to help him." Jesus told him, "Go and imitate his example!"
As they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to him talk.
But Martha was upset about all the work she had to do. So she asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself? Tell her to help me."
The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.
There's only one thing you need. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her."