King's Business - 1922-11


T HE K I N G ’S B U S I N E S S stop and make an endless number of In­ quiries and answer as many. The com­ mand of our Saviour strictly forbade all such loiterings.— Thomson. Cour­ tesy is not waste of time but much con­ ventionality has to be brushed aside when a man is pressed by some great duty. Christians should be misers of time in Christ’s ■ service and not allow ceremonial duties to rob them of too much of it.—Willcock. v. 6 . Son of peace. One capable of receiving this message.' The meaning is that the disciples were to communi­ cate their message of peace as the prophet of old was to communicate his message of warning (Bzek. 3:17-21) to all, whether worthy or not. It is prom­ ised to them that even if their message falls on inattentive ears, yet it shall not be fruitless since • the duty performed shall bring peace to themselves. “ It shall turn to you again.”— Speaker’s Com. v. 7. In the same house remain. Christ’s workers will have no time for feasting and social frivolities.-STorrey. They should apply themselves to their work under a deep concern for precious souls, looking upon them with His com­ passion and as riches which ought to be secured for him.— Sum. Bible. Such things as they give. The reference probably is to the scruples felt by strict Jews about eating with the Samaritans. Our Lord had no such scruple (Jn. 4: 8 ). Paul gives the precept a wider scope by extending it to food in the houses of Gentiles (1 Cor. 10:27).— Horn. Com. There is a lesson in all this for the ministry of our own age. How prone it is to resent and exaggerate in­ conveniences— to see the dark side, which there must ever be, of the place -assigned and of the circumstances sur­ rounding.— Vaughan. Laborer worthy of his hire. This is a principle authori­ tatively applied to the services of the Lord’s, workmen and by Paul repeat­ edly and touchingly employed in his

1177 appeals to all the churches (Rom. 15: 27; 1 Cor. 9:11; Gal. 6 : 6 ) and once as “ Scripture” (1 Tim. 5:18).— J. F. & B. What the Christian worker re­ ceives for his sustenance is not an alms. The message he brings entitles him to it. He is neither to seek for great tem­ poral prosperity nor from a false shame to refuse adequate sustenance from those whom he serves in spiritual things.— Godet. v. 9. Heal the sick. The power of miraculous healing was specially given to these seventy. Care for physical well-being is part of the Christian’s work. It will help to get a hearing for his proper message, as medical mission­ aries have proved.— Sel. v. 11. Be sure of this. Unbelief cannot invalidate the truth of God. Men’s guilt will be measured by the light they have had.—-Torrey. The city was to be treated as a heathen place, the very dust of which was defiling.lfe-Man- sel. By shaking the dust from their feet they were to testify of God’s utter abhorrence of their deeds.— Sel. King­ dom of God come nigh. The mission- ers did not reach the climax of their work till they said, “ The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” To this sympathetic ministry of interpretation of the work of the Spirit of God every disciple of Christ has received an au­ thoritative call, and by the earnest dis­ charge of its various duties the demons of doubt and despair are driven off the field and the kingdom of God is estab­ lished in the hearts of men.— Clifford. v. 12. More tolerable in the day. To hear thé Gospel preached is not only a great privilege but a great responsibil­ ity.—Hastings. v. 13. Mighty works done in Tyre and Sidon. Note the hint here of the multiplicity of Christ’s labors. Chora- zin and Bethsaida were cities in which, as Matthew says, “most of his mighty works were done,” yet the Gospels pre­ serve no record of them. “ Many other

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