Summary: Who is the "son of peace" that the disciples were to bless?
In the late 1700’s, the manager of Baltimore’s largest hotel refused lodging to a man dressed like a farmer because he thought this fellow’s appearance would discredit his inn. So the man left. Later that evening, the innkeeper discovered that he had turned away none other than then Vice-President Thomas Jefferson! Immediately he sent a note to the famed patriot, asking him to come back and be his guest.
Jefferson replied by instructing his messenger as follows: “Tell him I have already engaged a room. I value his good intentions highly but if he has no place for a dirty American farmer, he has none for the Vice President of the United States.”
APPLY: That hotel manager hadn’t realized that it was Thomas Jefferson who wanted lodging. He turned away the Vice-President of the United States because he didn’t know who he was looking at. Sometimes people fail to see Yeshua (Jesus) and his disciples and turn them away.
Context of limited commission of the 72
I. Son Statements
A. Son of God and Son of Man – God’s intended purpose for man – second Adam – son of Man –
There is more to the picture of a God of power. In Jesus’ answer to the High Priest, He first claims the title “Son of God,” and then uses a second title: (read rest of vs. 62). This second title, Son of Man, is Jesus’ favorite title for Himself. In the Gospels we find it used almost 80 times. There is lots of debate over it – where it comes from, what it means, why Jesus uses it. And that would be an interesting topic for a small group or for your own research. But what is clear to me is that it is also a title of power. That is clear to me from how Jesus uses it here. He quotes from the book of Daniel, 7:13(-14):
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
Do you see the picture of power? He is given “authority,” “sovereign power,” everyone bows and worships, He is king of a kingdom that cannot fail.
B. Other Son Idioms:
1. Son of a house – close friend who is like a member of the family
2. Son of death – worthy of dying or has been condemned to die (1 Samuel 20.31)
3. Son of Gehinnom – bound for Hell – Matthew 23.15 -- Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
4. Son of Conversation – a partner in conversation
II. Hospitality Plus! – Son of Peace
A. Does not mean a peace-loving man (although he probably is)