v. 2 Jesus told all the 72 disciples "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send our workers into His harvest field." We are not only to spread the Good News we are to pray for others to do the same. There is no unemployment in God's service. There is work for everyone. Every corner of the world needs workers.
v. 3 "Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves" We are to be extremely careful because we will meet opposition from many people. The ones that are the closest can cause the most harm. We are to be alert at all times and face enemies with love and compassion instead of aggression.
v. 8-9 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God is near you." We are to be gracious to others and tell people about God to help heal their hearts.
v. 12-15 Jesus is giving warning to those who choose to turn away from Him. He compares those towns to Sodom a very wicked town that God destroyed, but the towns that turn away from Jesus will suffer more that Sodom did.
v. 16 "He who listens to you listens to Me; he who rejects you rejects Me; but he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." We are not to take it personally that others don't want to follow God. We are workers and the harvest is all around us.
v. 17-20 The 72 disciples came back and said that the demons submitted to them. Jesus gave a warning that pride would not get in their way. "Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." What ever you do on earth will not be as important as the fact that your name is written in the Book of Life. No matter what gifts we are given, we need to remember who gave them to us.
v. 21 Jesus said "I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." His truth is for all. Many rewards on earth go to the elite, but in God's kingdom rewards are for all regardless of position or abilities.
v. 22 The world can not truly see Jesus. He reveals Himself to those who will heed the call.
v. 24 Jesus said "For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." There are many unfortunately that are in the public eye that seem to be all noise and no substance. We are to compare everything with God's word so we know who to be listening to in the first place.