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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Luke 10:1-24

From the Geneva Notes

Lu 10:1
10:1 After {1} these things the Lord appointed other seventy
also, and sent them two and two before his face into every
city and place, whither he himself would come.

(1) The seventy are sent as the second forewarners of the
coming of Christ.

Lu 10:3
10:3 {2} Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among

(2) The faithful ministers of the word are in this world as
lambs among wolves: but if they are diligent to do their
duty, he who sent them will also preserve them.

Lu 10:4
10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute {a}
no man by the way.

(a) This is spoken figuratively, which manner of speech men
use when they put down more in words than is meant.
This is usual among the Hebrews when they command a
thing to be done speedily without delay, as is found in
2Ki 4:29; for in any other case courteous and
gentle salutations are matters of Christian duty: as
for the calling, it was only for a limited time.

Lu 10:6
10:6 And if {b} the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest
upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

(b) So say the Hebrews: that is, he that favours the
doctrine of peace and embraces it.

Lu 10:7
10:7 And in the same house {c} remain, eating and drinking such
things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his
hire. Go not from house to house.

(c) Take up your lodging in that house which you enter into
first, that is, do not be concerned about comfortable
lodging, as men do who plan to stay in a place a long
time: for here that solemn preaching of the gospel,
which was used afterward when the Churches were
settled, is not instituted: but these are sent abroad
to all the coasts of Judea to show them that the last
jubilee is at hand.

Lu 10:8
10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you,
{d} eat such things as are set before you:

(d) Be content with the food that is set before you.

Lu 10:10
10:10 {3} But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive
you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same,
and say,

(3) God is a most severe avenger of the ministry of his gospel.

Lu 10:17
10:17 {4} And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord,
even the devils are subject unto us {e} through thy name.

(4) Neither the gift of miracles, neither any other excellent
gift, but only our election gives us an occasion of true
joy. And only the publishing of the gospel is the
destruction of Satan.
(e) For Christ's disciples used no absolute authority, but
performed the miracles they did by calling upon
Christ's name.

Lu 10:18
10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning {f}
fall from heaven.

(f) Paul writes that the location of the devil and his
angels is in the air, as is found in Eph 6:12,
and he is said to be cast down from there by force,
when his power is abolished by the voice of the

Lu 10:19
10:19 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 {g} hurt you.

(g) Will do you wrong.

Lu 10:21
10:21 {5} 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 {h} wise and prudent, and
hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it
seemed good in thy sight.

(5) The Church is contemptible, if we consider its outward
appearance, but the wisdom of God is most marvellous in it.
(h) Of this world.

Lu 10:22
10:22 {6} 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].

(6) Whoever seeks the Father without the Son wanders out of the

Lu 10:23
10:23 {7} And he turned him unto [his] disciples, and said
privately, Blessed [are] the eyes which see the things
that ye see:

(7) The difference between the Old Testament and the New
consists in the measure of revelation.

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