“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Commentary: There are proponents on Earth that claim that we as Christians may pray to saints, Mary, or other governing bodies, and they will help our prayers up to God; however, this Scripture in Timothy refutes that heresy by stating that there is only One Mediator and His Name is Jesus Christ! This is the ultimate clarity we have!
Paul teaches more about it than just his letter to Timothy, as his letter to the Romans he states that the Holy Spirit is the one that translates our prayers and groanings to the Father God (Romans 8:26-27). Therefore, Jesus is the guarantor (the Promised One) of the New Covenant, which allows Him to be the Chief Intercessor (Hebrews 7:22-25). Literally, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10) – meaning He is the prophesied one who carries prophecies (which means that He creates those prophecies in prophets, and then He fulfills them). (See also Acts 4:12; John 14:6)
Without Salvation, those who pray to or worship a carved image are sinning according to Exodus 20:4-5. Praying to others is equivalent to praying to a familiar spirit (see Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:9; Leviticus 20:6 and 27).
Today we are reading overall about a few stories: Jesus sending the 70 disciples, the deal about the Good Samaritan, and then the discussion concerning Mary and Martha. You can reference all Scriptures talked about today in Luke 10:1-42.
Highlighting Jesus’ sending of the 70 disciples
Jesus had sent the twelve Disciples into northern areas since they were the most in need. Now, for similar reason, He sent a much larger number (70) with instructions similar as He had given the twelve Disciples—sending them in groups of two. Luke logs their success, and Jesus saw the success as a Triumph over satan, as well as a guarantee for satan’s destruction. We must note the greatest cause of praise is not what is done for God, but what God has done for them.
Now, because Jesus is the Son of God, His Power is evident in the lives of His Disciples—especially the humblest. Through this power, they have knowledge of many things even the wise of the world do not understand, because through Jesus, believers have knowledge of God the Father. Godly people of former ages wanted to know such things that have now been revealed unto His Disciples. Such people were unable to do so, because the Messiah had not come.
What we can learn: Jesus sent His Disciples that they might strengthen and encourage one another. We should be doing the same in the Church is strengthening and encouraging one another, as well as doing the work He has called us to do. In addition, when victory is won over satan, it is obtained by Power of Jesus Christ—not ourselves. We need to be humble unto Christ, giving glory unto Him, because He is the source of the power over the devil and his demons.
The Good Samaritan
A Jewish teacher of the Law came to Jesus to test Him in a question about Eternal Life, which the teacher assumed that Eternal Life was obtained by some special act. Jesus’ reply involved that obtaining Eternal Life is inseparably linked with the way people live daily, for if they do not put God before all things, as well as their neighbor before themselves, they cannot have assurance of Eternal Life.
The teacher was disappointed with such answer and in the attempt to excuse his own failing; he asked how anyone could know whom or who his neighbor is not. Jesus then tells him a story, in which a traveler is beaten, robbed, and left to die. Two Jews, one Priest, and a Levite deliberately passed him by, not worrying. However, a Samaritan stops by and helps the man. Jesus then told the teacher to answer his own question. The despised foreigner stopped and helped rather than religious purists. If a person loves his neighbor as himself, he will act kindly towards anyone that he meets, even enemies.
What Jesus teaches: We should love our neighbor by being kind unto them, helping them when needed, and showing them that we care.
Visiting with Mary and Martha
Jesus was growing increasingly tense, and decided to have some quiet fellowship at the house of Mary and Martha (as they lived with their brother, Lazarus, in Bethany). Martha just busied herself preparing a large meal, and wanted to provide the best possible hospitality for their important guest, Jesus. However, He did not want an excessive meal that Martha seemed to be preparing reluctantly, but rather, a simple meal was sufficient. Mary understood this, and therefore, she was the one who benefited from the Lord’s instructive conversation.
What can we learn: We do not need to go to extreme measures to prepare the place for Jesus to come, we just need to welcome Him in (by believing and trusting in Him by faith) and allow Him to begin working!
The Scribes and Pharisees wanted a sign, but Jesus presents an unexpected answer
People must turn from sin and accept Him to be relieved and forgiven of sin
Spiritual relationships are more important than natural relationships
Part 3: The Scribes and Pharisees Demand a Sign
Jesus is pressured by the Scribes and Pharisees to give them a sign… What sign do they desire? We are reading in Matthew 12:38-45, as Jesus is still on the journey in Galilee.
So again, the Pharisees asked Jesus to give them a miracle as a sign that He was the Messiah, to which, He refused again. The only sign would be His Resurrection from the dead, which would be the Father’s complete confirmation to them that Jesus is His Son! Through their rejection of Jesus, they would guarantee themselves greater judgment on Judgment Day than the heathens.
The Queen of Sheba (a Gentile Kingdom) recognized Solomon’s wisdom and the people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. However, the Jews of the current time of Jesus’ Ministry stubbornly refused to accept Him as Messiah (or even Savior).
Jesus then illustrated that people could not be just neutral. If they were not completely committed to Him, they would be against Him in the end. They would be as a person who benefits temporarily from cleansing of demons, but because of nothing positive to fulfill a better life, he becomes possessed by even worse demons.
People would benefit from His Ministry temporarily, but they would have to make a positively full turning away from sin and accept Him as Savior to be victors in the end. Otherwise, they would just be in more severe condemnation than they were originally.
What can we learn from this?
There is no room for Christ and unclean spirits together. Christ is the One who is able to set up residence for the Holy Ghost, as to become a Temple within for His Power. Therefore, people must recognize Christ as the Savior and believe, so that He may set up residence within us and prepare us for Eternal Life!
Part 4: Christ’s Mother and Brothers sought Him
Jesus is continuing in Galilee for the last part of this journey… We are reading now in Mark 3:31-35; Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21. The children of Mary and Joseph born after Jesus were James, Joseph, Simon, Judas, and at least two daughters.
Jesus’ mother and His brothers come to seek Him and to speak with Him. Jesus shows that kinship is based on our relationship to God: all who obey Him are one big family. Jesus must have been so sad to have to see such an attitude in his brothers; however, He knew that more important than natural relationships were spiritual relationship. All those who are to obey God are related to Him and to one another in the vast Family of God.
What can we learn from this?
Jesus’ mother and brothers did not accept Him as the ones who accepted His Salvation and heard His Teachings, to which, Jesus spoke that family relationships were not as important as spiritual relationships. The reason for this is probably:
Family relations may not accept you for who you’ve become, because they are too familiar with your past self.
Putting the Father’s Work first is most important!
Kinship is based on our relationship to God.
All who obey Him are one big family.
If your family supports you and is part of your spiritual family as well, this may not apply.