Luke 9:2 “He sent them to preach the kingdom of God…”
He gave them power and authority over demons and the ability to heal the sick. But He sent them out primarily to preach the kingdom. We can change the circumstances of this world, but unless we have Christ, we have nothing. We can heal all diseases, eliminate famine and want, and eradicate poverty, but people would still go to Hell without Christ. Our priorities must be in line with Christ’s.
3 “…do not have two tunics apiece”
Nothing but the clothes on their backs.
6 “…they departed and went through the towns…”
Not sure why Jesus did this. He’ll send out seventy to do this later, so maybe this was a test run. He’s looking for another way of reaching the people, the ones who want to listen to the message, not just get something from Him. He gave the disciples the same power and authority He had, so the only difference is the fact He isn’t there. Maybe this will flush out the ones who want to hear Him.
10 “…when they had returned…”
We’re not told how long the disciples were gone, nor what Jesus did during that time.
12 “When the day began to wear away…”
With the number of people they had, it would seem more time would have to pass to accomplish what they did. But it sounds here like it happened on a single day. Perhaps beginning in the early morning.
17 “…twelve baskets of the leftover fragments…”
Had more leftovers than they did to start. Fed the multitude and still had some for each disciple for later.
18 “…He was alone praying…He asked them…”
I think He was struggling with His next strategy to reach the people. He had tried preaching in the synagogues, preaching in the towns, and healing the sick and demon possessed. And the people seemed to come to get healed or otherwise get something from Him. Sounds like He’s deciding where He stands among the people and His own disciples.
20 “…The Christ of God”
Peter’s direct affirmation that Jesus is the Messiah. I don’t think he fully understood what that meant yet.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.