As you may recall, the disciples of Jesus had been
out and about healing and preaching in the name of the Lord. You can
only imagine the feeling that must have been to have the power of the
Lord working though you to do such amazing things! Watching devils
depart from people who were possessed Ö it had to be quite incredible
for these men. Jesus said to 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. Nevertheless, donít rejoice in this, that the
spirits are subject to 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.
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He turned to His disciples, and said privately,
Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see: For I tell
you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things you
see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear,
and have not heard them.
Then a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him,
saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to
Him, What is written in the law? What do you think? And he answering
said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and
thy neighbor as thyself. Jesus said to him, You have answered right.
Do this, and you shall live. But the lawyer, willing to justify
himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor? And Jesus answering
told this parable:
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his clothing, and
wounded him, and left, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came
down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on
the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came
and saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan,
as he journeyed, came by where he was: and when he saw him, he had
compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring
in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an
inn, and took care of him. And on the next day when he departed, he
took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take
care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will
repay you. Which now of these three, do you think, was neighborly to
him that fell among the thieves? And the lawyer said, He that showed
mercy on him. Then Jesus said to him, Go, and do likewise.
Samaritans were looked down upon by the Jewish
people and priests and Levites were considered very holy people, so
the message was clear. Compassion should be one of our priorities in
hoping for eternal life.
Jesus then entered into a certain village, and a
woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister
named Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and listened to His Word.
These were the sisters of Jesusí friend Lazarus. But Martha was
burdened about much serving, and came to Jesus and said, Lord, do you
not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore
that she help me. And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha,
you are anxious and troubled about many things: But one thing is
needful (a priority), and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall
not be taken away from her.
We all have busy lives where worldly things
manipulate our time. Donít forget your priorities and always make time
for the Lord first and He will help put all other things in order.