Lycanthropy which is Greek, for Wolf and Man, may seem like a strange title for a sermon. But then again so was the statement from Jesus in Luke 10:3 (KJV) to His disciples “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”
In order to fully understand this verse and Chapter 10 which begins in v.1 with After these things the Lord… we must start back in Chapter 9. These opening words demand knowledge of what preceded them. After what things must be known.
A recap shows that:
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Jesus Foretells His Death
Jesus says to follow Him you must Take Up Your Cross
The Transfiguration Occurs
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
Jesus tells of His Coming Death
The Disciples what to know Who Will be the Greatest?
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
The Cost of Following Jesus
So only after all these things happened did Jesus then v.1 appoint 72 more trusted disciples …and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Why so many and why now? I think the initial clue lies first in all the happenings of Chapter 9. It is here that two keys to the ministry happen. First Take up your cross and the cost of following Jesus are made clear. Man can not be fooled into thinking that being a “Christian” never mind being part of a Christian ministry of any sort will be easy and without significant personal cost.
Secondly the Transfiguration without a doubt one of the most amazing and important events in history. Without it their is no Calvary, no propitiation for sins, no call from the Father Mathew 17:5 (ESV parallel verse) …behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Moving back to v.2 of Chapter 10 Jesus explains the immediate reason why now. 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. There be a whole bunch of folks that need to hear what needs to be said, and not a lot of trustworthy folks to tell the story. The world will always be hostile to those share the Good News because it is an affront to their own self centered standard of goodness. That is why the the believer will always venture out among wolves.
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3