Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The Kingdom is Near! Or, The Blessed Inadequate



v.1: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.


v.2-4: And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (3) Go your way, behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (4) Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.


The reality of our situation is that we are lambs surrounded by an entire world of wolves.


Because the King loves me.


Psalm 91:7-16 : Psalm 91:7–16 (ESV) — 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”


v.5-12: Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace be to this house!” (6) And if a son of peace is there your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. (7) and remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. (9) Heal the sick in it and say to them, “The Kingdom of God has come near to you. (10) But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, (11) 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. (12) I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.


2 Peter 1:10–11 (ESV) — 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


the Heidelberg Catechism

Lord’s Day 32


Q.Since we have been delivered

from our misery

by grace alone through Christ,

without any merit of our own,

why must we yet do good works?


A.Because Christ,

having redeemed us by his blood,

also renews us by his Holy Spirit

to be his image,

so that with our whole life

we may show ourselves thankful to God

for his benefits, 1

and he may be praised by us. 2

Further, that we ourselves

may be assured of our faith

by its fruits, 3

and that by our godly walk of life


we may win our neighbours for Christ. 4