I’ve just completed my draft of Luke 10. I was surprised at the depth of emotion that contained:
<17>The 72 followers later came back tingling with excitement. Their mission had been successful! They reported back to Jesus, ‘Lord, when we drive out demons in your name – with your authority – even they submit to us!’
<21>At that time, Jesus revelled in the Holy Spirit and prayed, ‘I praise and thank you, Father, sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these truths from those who think they’re wise and clever and you have revealed them to those who are as humble, teachable and trusting as young children. Yes, Father, because this was your generous purpose.
<27>The lawyer knew the answer to that one so he quickly replied, ‘“Love the Lord your God with your whole being: with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”’
<33>But then a certain man, a Samaritan, came across the man. [Now note that Samaritans and Jews were enemies; a Samaritan was the least likely person you’d expect to help a Jewish man.] When the Samaritan saw the man was in need, he was filled with deep compassion for him,
<37>The lawyer replied, ‘The one who showed him compassion.’ Jesus told him, ‘Yes, you’re right. Now, go and do the same. Stop talking about it – and just get on and do it!’
<39>She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet riveted as she listened to everything that Jesus said, drinking it all in deeply. She enjoyed spending time quietly with Jesus, listening closely to his teaching and wanting to learn from him. <40>Martha, however, was getting more and more flustered and upset as she was taken up with everything she had to do. Tension erupted between the two sisters. So Martha went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, aren’t you bothered that my sister has left me to get on with everything all by myself? Don’t you care? I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen while she’s just sitting there, not even lifting a finger to help me! You know, I’d love to spend time just listening to you but someone has to get the dinner ready! Tell her to come and help me at once!’
<41>The Lord answered her tenderly but firmly, ‘Martha, my dear Martha, you’re stressed out and overwhelmed by about many things. <42>Choose to slow down from all your busyness. There are a few things that need doing but only one thing really matters, which is simply being with me. Mary has chosen what is better, which won’t be taken away from her.’