“There is a great difference between your religion and mine,” said a Christian to his neighbor. “Indeed!” was the reply. “What is that?"   … More
Jesus spelled out that living for Him would not be easy and that it would be like sheep living among wolves (v. 16). The words of the Lord had application in His own lifetime and was certainly demonstrated in the lives of the Apostles after Jesus had ascended into heaven. It seems that the period described here closely parallels the time of tribulation He describes in (Matt 24-25). The Tribulation Period will be a time of opposition. This opposition will come from organized religion (v. 17), government (v. 18) and even from family members (v. 21).
Church history reveals that “organized religion” has often opposed those who have dared to witness boldly for the Lord. When they arrest you don’t worry about it because the Father will tell you what to say (vv. 19-20). Then he says that one of the marks of the end times will be the lack of family love and loyalty (I Tim. 3:3). The three institutions which God established on this earth, in the last days, will oppose the truth of His word. Everyone will hate you because of me (v. 22). When people mistreat you in one town move to another (v. 23). Don’t worry because the Son of Man will come.
Jesus reminded the apostles that He was not asking them to do something that He Himself had not already experienced. Since men persecuted Jesus while He was on earth, why should we expect anything different (vv. 24-25)? He told them that they did not need to fear the religious leaders. All that men can do is kill the body but God is able to destroy both body and soul. Don’t be afraid of anyone (v. 26). Tell others about me (v. 27). Don’t be afraid of people but fear God (v. 28). God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground (v. 29) and even the hairs of your head are numbered (v. 30) so don’t be afraid you are worth more than sparrows (v. 31).
How has Christ’s teaching united my family? Divided them? Have I ever received any persecution from religious leaders, government officials or family members?
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. "So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
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Matthew 7:1-6Judging And Hypocrisy
Matthew 7:7-12The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:13-23A Professing Christian vs a True Christian
Matthew 7:24-29Building on the Right Foundation
Matthew 8:1-17Healing Miracles of Christ
Matthew 8:18-27Motives of Service
Matthew 8:28-34Jesus Transfers Demons to Pigs
Matthew 9:1-8Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
Matthew 9:9-13Reaching Sinners And Tax Collectors
Matthew 9:14-26The Traditions of Judaism
Matthew 9:27-38The Need For Laborers
Matthew 10:1-15Qualifications of The Twelve Apostles
Matthew 10:16-31Religious Opposition to Christ’s Followers
Matthew 10:32-42The Service of Christian Workers
Matthew 11:1-19Doubting of John The Baptist
Matthew 11:20-24Clear Teaching of The Word
Matthew 11:25-30Finding Rest From Your Burdens
Matthew 12:1-14The Sabbath Law
Matthew 12:15-21Preaching Teaching and Healing
Matthew 12:22-37What is The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12:38-45Sign Seeking
Matthew 12:46-50Need For Personal Relationship With Jesus
Matthew 13:1-9Teaching in Parables
Matthew 13:10-17The Secret Message
Matthew 13:18-30The Parable of The Seeds
Matthew 13:24-35Stories About a Mustard Seed And Yeast
Matthew 13:36-43The Story About The Weeds
Matthew 13:44-52What The Kingdom of Heaven is Like
Matthew 13:53-58Jesus is Rejected in His Home Town