time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
sent ahead of him in pairs
town and place he intended to visit.
biblical number 72 represents all the nations, all the peoples
of the earth. When Jesus sends out 72, it’s an outreach to all
people and a statement about the universality of God salvific
reach. The kingdom of God, which these missionaries will
announce, is for everyone – all races and nations. No one is
left out; no one is excluded.