The Lord, through a modern day prophet, calls and sets apart seventies. In the biblical time period, he did the same. Much of what we know about the seventies called 2000 years ago, comes from Luke chapter 10. I’ll outline a few things I found interesting:
- He starts out (v. 2) by identifying the magnitude of the task, and to be blunt, the lack of help he has to accomplish it.
- Christ makes it very clear that the ‘mission’ he’s calling these brothers on is a difficult one, going so far as to say he’s throwing them as lambs to the wolves (v. 3).
- He asks them to have faith, by focusing entirely on preaching His gospel (v. 4).
- Christ gives them clear directions on how to deal with those who choose not to receive him through the messengers (v. 11).
- In verse 16, Christ makes a very bold yet beautiful statement, one that I think we can all find direction in “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that dispiseth me despiseth him that sent me.” Clearly the Lord is helping us understand how important gospel messengers are to his plan; and how we should receive them.
- In verses 17-20, Christ gives promises boldly and powerfully; stating they (the seventies) shall have “power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and overall the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
The 6th article of faith states “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.” The beauty of this statement, is that we absolutely believe it! As given above, the Lord, through a prophet, has called and set apart disciples to preach and to minister his church all around the world. Their duties are the same as they were in the time of Christ, their challenges every bit as difficult, and their power in every place as strong. What a message that sends as to the authenticity of the Lord’s gospel.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints calls and sets apart seventies. Specicially, their duties include (note the similarities of the seventies in biblical times):
- Appointed by the Lord
- They are called to preach, and to be special witnesses of Christ
- Act in the name of Christ, administering for the affairs of His church
- Travel the world in the name of Christ