New Defender's Study Bible Notes
10:1 other seventy also. The parallel accounts in Matthew 10:5-15 and Mark 6:7-13 indicate that only the twelve disciples were sent on this mission, with no mention of the “other seventy.” It was possibly a different mission. In any case, this indicates that by this time Jesus had many disciples following Him in addition to the twelve, and He was concerned with training and using them as well. Possibly He selected seventy of them as symbolic of the “seventy elders” of Israel (Exodus 24:1), just as the twelve apostles similarly represented the twelve tribes.