Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
Jesus sends out his guys two by two into the places he is going to go soon. He tells them to carry nothing with them (no money, knapsack, sandals) and to greet no one on the road. Do not go house to house. Enter a house and say 'peace be to this house" and if they are peaceful people they will accept the peace and you can hang out there for a while and eat and drink. When a town accepts you eat and drink and heal the sick. When you go into a town and they do not receive you go into the streets and say 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' He then says it will be more bearable for Sodom on that day than for that town.
He sends his guys out with no supplies, tells them to go into a house in a town and if they are not received there they are to curse the entire town. What if the house they go into are just nervous people, or poor people who can't afford to feed extra people who randomly show up.
Woe to Unrepentant Cities
A few cities are called out who rejected Jesus' guys.
The Return of the Seventy-Two
They return saying how awesome it is that they can cast out demons in the name of Jesus. He replies that it is great, but they should focus on the fact that their names are written in heaven instead of that they can cast out demons.
I suppose that is good, don't get excited about the power you hold over others, instead get excited about the good coming to you. Or put another way, don't focus on bad things for others, focus on good things for yourself.
Jesus Rejoices in the Father's Will
Jesus thanks God for hiding things from the wise and understanding and revealing them to little children.
Why would God want to hide the truth from anyone?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
A lawyer asks Jesus what he needs to do to get into heaven. Jesus asks him what the law is and the guy replies "love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and your neighbor as yourself." Jesus says to do that and he'd be fine. He asked Jesus who counts as his neighbor. Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan. A guy got beat up on the side of the road and left for dead. A priest and a Levite passed by without helping but a Samaritan passed by and helped the guy out and even paid for his stay at an inn while he recovered. Be like the Samaritan.
So Jesus says to help everyone. I'm assuming the point of it being a Samaritan is they wouldn't normally help the guy on the road due to his race or something. The story doesn't actually say what race the guy is between Jerusalem and Jericho was, but I'm guessing we can assume based on the path or something.
Martha and Mary
Jesus went into the house of Martha and Mary. Mary sat at the lords feet while Martha did all the serving. Martha asked Jesus if he cares that Mary was not helping with the serving and asked him to have her help out. Jesus said Mary has "chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her"
Am I reading this right? Mary stopped doing her work to listen to Jesus resulting in Martha having twice as much work, and Jesus thinks this is a good thing. He likes the fact that Mary is listening and doesn't care that it means Martha has more work. If he had said both should stop working and listen that might be something, but I don't like this at all. Such a lack of respect. Am I reading this wrong?