“Jesus went through
He was teaching,
As he made progress
On his way
Καὶ διεπορεύετο κατὰ πόλεις καὶ κώμας διδάσκων καὶ πορείαν ποιούμενος εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.
Luke uniquely has this statement about Jesus, but statements in the other gospels indicate something similar. Luke said that Jesus went through (Καὶ διεπορεύετο) one town (κατὰ πόλεις) and village after another (καὶ κώμας). He was teaching (διδάσκων), as he was making progress (καὶ πορείαν ποιούμενος) on his way toward Jerusalem (εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα). Although Jesus went through various little towns and villages, he was always teaching about the kingdom of God. However, his main goal was to go to Jerusalem. Perhaps, he was not in Samaritan territory anymore. Do you have a goal in mind that you are trying to reach?
“Jesus said to them.
Like a flash
εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς Ἐθεώρουν τὸν Σατανᾶν ὡς ἀστραπὴν ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πεσόντα
Luke uniquely indicated that Jesus told his 70 returning disciples (εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς) that he had watched Satan (Ἐθεώρουν τὸν Σατανᾶν) fall (πεσόντα) from heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ) like a flash of lightning (ὡς ἀστραπὴν). If Jesus and his disciples were making progress that meant that the prince of evil, Satan, was not doing well. Thus, Jesus said that Satan was falling or failing. He would no longer be in the higher heavens. This image of a lightning flash as a falling Satan was very vivid. Would you consider lightning in the sky the falling of Satan?
Archeological digs in the Israelite territories and in parts of Turkey have helped us to understand something about the everyday life of people living thousands of years ago. However, various wars and terrorist’s actions have slowed down the progress that was being made since the late 19th century.