TEXT : “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” - Luke 10:2, 3.
COMMENT: During his earthly ministry, our Lord Jesus Christ sent seventy of his male disciples, two by two, to places where he himself will go in course of time. But before they left on their mission he gave them a charge, part of which serves as the citation for today. The creatures, the lamb and the wolf are imageries for the categories of people on the earth: those who are peace loving, harmless, teachable, are the lambs; while those who are destructive, hateful, selfish, greedy, self-willed, ferocious and hostile to all that answer to righteousness, are the wolves. They will go to any length, even if it means committing murder, to stop the work of the servants of Christ. There is need therefore for the disciples to be careful not to allow themselves to fall easy prey to their evil plots.
Our lord Jesus Christ delayed in attending the Feast of Tabernacles on a certain year, because he knew that the wicked Jews were plotting to kill him, whereas his time has not yet come for him to die. (John 7:1-8) On one occasion Apostle Paul had to be let down in a basket by the wall for fear of the Jews (Acts 9:23-25. Compare Acts 23:16-35) It should therefore be understood why Apostle Paul in his letter to the Christians at Thessalonica urged the Christian thus: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, …that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.” - 2 Thessalonians 3:1,2.