There were thousands of people present and crammed together to hear the Words of Messiah. He told them to beware of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Greek word for hypocrisy means “play-acting.” Their playing acting is spreading throughout Israel much like yeast spreads through dough.
Yeshua’s habit of praying to the Father did not escape the notice of His disciples. Apparently John taught his disciples what to pray and now His disciples want to know what is proper to ask the Father.
Why did Yeshua send out seventy others? It does point out the enormity of the number of people that had to be reached in a short period of time. Yeshua says in verse 9 that they will be able to heal others. Therefore, they have the Spirit of the Father. But why is He sending out seventy?
This is a parallel passage to what we see in Matthew 10 and Mark 6. Yeshua calls the twelve together and gave them specific power over demons and power to heal. This was a specific gift to His twelve disciples. Paul, as an apparent replacement for Judas, was given these same gifts.
Once again, Yeshua is proclaiming the Gospel to the people in all the villages. He is preaching that the Kingdom of Elohim is at hand and the people need to repent.
Yeshua finished His discourse in Judea and went to Capernaum. A certain centurion sent some Jewish elders to invite Yeshua to his home to heal a servant of his who was very ill. The elders told Yeshua that this man was worthy for his request to be given. Why was this man worthy?
What the disciples were doing was not against Torah (Deut. 23:25). They were in their neighbors grain fields. They were plucking the heads of the grain, rubbing them with their hands to remove the chaff, and eating them.
The multitudes were pressing Him because they wanted to hear the Word of Elohim. The wording of this is very interesting. How did they know that His Word was the Word of Elohim?
Yeshua was led about by the Spirit for forty days. He did not eat anything during those forty days. During these forty days, Yeshua was tempted by Satan in various ways. Why did this all take place?
It is necessary for Yeshua to be a blood descendant of Israel, according to Torah, in order for Yeshua to be Kinsman-Redeemer for all of Israel (Lev. 25:25).
While Yeshua was respectfully listening to the teachers, He was amazing them with His understanding and with His answers. He was Truly the Word of Elohim that became flesh and dwelt among us.
It is here that we are told that John would be the one who would perform the prophesied works of Elijah before the great and terrible day of Yahweh (Mal. 4:5-6). John is going to turn the hearts of the people back to Torah to make ready a people prepared for Elohim.