27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:27-31

In context of Matthew chapter 10

The Twelve Apostles

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Sending Out the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

Persecutions Are Coming

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confess Christ Before Men

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

A Cup of Cold Water

40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”

 

Introduction

In this series we’ve examined the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and now we’re examining the teachings and actions of Jesus throughout the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

Since we examined the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 at the beginning of this series, we’re now going through Matthew and are up to Matthew chapter 9.

 

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:27-31

 

verse 27 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.

Religious men and women ganged up on the Lord Jesus, dragged him before the Jewish ruler in Israel, King Herod, and Pilate, the Roman ruler, and crucified Him by nailing him to a Roman cross at Golgotha, the place of death, just outside Jerusalem.

It was a very slow, public death, where crowds full of blood-lust watched Jesus slowly die, accompanied by two criminals.

We don’t hear the Prosperity gospel pastors like Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Brian Houston of Hillsong and Phil Pringle of C3 Church talk from their gold and heresy-laden pulpits about Christian sacrifice, repentance and the Cross of Calvary. All they talk about is lifestyle principles, money, tithing and God’s rewards on earth.

The Christian gospel isn’t about the riches of this world, but about learning about how to live in true humility, sacrifice and spirituality in this world and about prioritising Christ’s teachings, Christian charity and service, Heavenly things and the world to come.

All the twelve Apostles of Jesus, the first chosen leaders of the Early Church, were martyred, except John the Beloved, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

James the Just, the brother of Jesus was thrown from a tower, like ISIS throw homosexuals and sinners from towers, and when he was still alive, he was clubbed to death.

 

James the Just was thrown off a tower (pictured in the background) and then beaten to death with a club.

A depiction of James the Just who was reputed to never cut his hair

James was an eminent Early Church father and the head of the church in Jerusalem. He had callouses on his knees from kneeling in prayer.

verse 27 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.

So this is the way the world treats holy Christians.

Every day in the Middle East and Africa, Islamic militants and extremists are martyring Christians.

A very interesting book to read is Foxe’s Book of martyrs. John Foxe catalogued persecutions and martyrdoms of Christians since the time of Christ, with particular focus on Roman Catholic attacks, persecutions and martyrdoms of Protestant Christians in his own time of the sixteenth century.

My forebears in Scotland were amongst those persecuted and martyred by the Roman Catholic Church. I have zero respect and zero time for the Roman Catholic Church. Ecumenicalism is a heresy from the pit of hell.

verse 27 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.

The harassment of Christians continues in more subtle ways in the West, where the rule of law prevents overt harassment. In Muslim countries generally, even in so-called modern Muslim countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, there is inadequate protection of Christians and minorities by the police and authorities.

In Australia where I live, Margaret Court, one of the greatest female tennis players internationally of all time, and now a West Australian Pentecostal pastor, is being greatly harassed at the moment because she has spoken out against gay marriage. Gay activists in Australia are extremely vicious in their attacks against anyone who opposes their cause.

So Margaret Court is enduring slander and villification for saying things like she will avoid flying Qantas because the head of Qantas, Alan Joyce, and open gay whom lives with his male partner, is using Qantas to promote gay marriage.

Many believe it is wrong to politicise a public corporation for a political cause, but the gays and gay sympathisers do it in the name of equality and acceptance.

verse 27 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.

A true Christian will attract opposition and even vilification. It goes with the territory.

Cynicism, opposition and vilification may only come from relatives to some Christians, but on whatever level, it is always hard to take and we must look to the Lord for strength and purity of heart, to rise above it, and be overcomers.