“Behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves” (v3). Jesus sent out his disciples to preach about the kingdom of God, and he ordered them to “travel light” – without extra provisions, without weapons, vulnerable yet powerful, intent on their mission and undistracted (v4-10). By the power of Jesus’ name alone, they healed the sick, cast out demons, and announced that God’s kingdom had arrived in Jesus himself. The “wolves” could not stop the Message from spreading.
“I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven” (v18). When we are sent in Jesus’ name and by his power, refusing ungodly methods or manipulations, God’s kingdom prevails in us and around us.