Luke 10.1–11, 16–20
The Mission of the Seventy—a dialogue
Whoever listens to you, listens to me,
and whoever rejects you rejects me,
and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.
Deborah and Obed are two people who reacted in different ways when the disciples came to thrir village.
Hello, I’m Deborah. How can I help you?
I’m Obed. What do you want?
You want to know about our visitors? The two men who came through our town the other day, the disciples of Jesus?
Visitors? What visitors? You mean those two no-hopers came who through our town the other day? Talking about Jesus or something?
I really enjoyed their visit!
I was glad when they left!
They were really travelling light. No money bag, and not even a spare pair of sandals!
They were obviously beggars. They had no money, and not even a spare pair of sandals! Can you imagine?
They came to our house, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ I really felt that peace!
They came to our house, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Spongers!
I invited them in, and gave them something to eat. It was all the food we had, but they were our guests.
I told them to get lost. ‘I’m not helping you beggars!’ I said.
My husband Jacob was sick. He’d become blind, no one knew why. He’d been ill for months. No one could help. We’d spent all our money trying to get him well. We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from.
My wife is very ill. She might die. She was in bed, and I didn’t want her to be disturbed. I don’t ask for any charity, and I’m certainly giving none!
They healed Jacob in the name of Jesus!
My wife said I should have asked them in, but I was glad to see the back of them!
I introduced them to all my friends. They healed lots of people, and restored people back to their families in the name of Jesus. It was a marvellous day for our village!
No, I don’t know what they did once they left my house. I keep myself to myself. It’s less trouble that way. No one bothers me, I don’t bother them.
I was sad when they left to return to Jesus. They turned to Jacob and me and said, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ It was wonderful! The kingdom of God is here! What a great day!
I was relieved when they just turned away from my house, instead of bringing out a magazine for me to buy. What happened next was strange. They shook the dust off their feet, and said, ‘The kingdom of God has come near.’ I got a chilly feeling down my spine. But not to worry, things are still going on…just as they always have…
Now we know that Jesus is God’s Son, God’s chosen Messiah, we can live each day with hope and joy. Even when difficulties come, we can pray to God through him. It’s made such a difference!
The kingdom of God is nowhere to be seen. What’s the difference?