SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 10:16-31
Jesus warns his disciples what they will face on their journeys. They will be like sheep among wolves. The disciples will need to be on their guard against men who will flog them in their synogogues and hand them over to their local councils. They will be arrested, but God will help them by giving them the words they will need via the Holy Spirit.
Jesus warns them others will hate them because of him, but if they stand firm, they will be saved. If people persecute them, move on. However, they won’t finish going through the cities of Israel after before he dies.
Do not be afraid, for they can kill the body but not the soul. Instead, be afraid of the Devil. No one will fall apart from the will of the Father.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 11, Day 4: Matthew 10:16-31
11a) The disciples will be like sheep among wolves. They need to be on their guard against men who will flog them in their synogogues and hand them over to their local councils. They will be arrested, but God will help them by giving them the words they will need via the Holy Spirit. People will persecute the disciples.
b) It is the same. People persecute and hate Christians. Brother will betray brother and a father his child.
c) Doing the right thing has been costly in terms of job promotions.
12a) Do not be afraid, for nothing is concealed that won’t be made known, and they can kill the body but not the soul.
b) It’s always good to know that someone has got my back and that I’ll be alright no matter what.
13) The body can be killed but not the soul. This encourages me when death happens.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 11, Day 4: Matthew 10:16-31
Following Jesus is hard, and it’s not all sunshine and roses. Jesus tells his disciples this in order to prepare them for the turmolt ahead.
Great for the shorter nights!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 11, Day 4: Matthew 10:16-31
The disciples will face persecution, but they are to remain harmless, not fighting back. Opposition will be everywhere, including with governors and kings. Christianity will spread, threatening many.
Note the inclusion of the Gentiles in verse 18.
God and His words will be with them. Persecution will come from within families, too. Death will result. But persevere to the end. And don’t seek out martydom, but flee to those who will hear your message.
The Son of Man coming refers to God’s judgement of Judea in AD 70 when the temple was destroyed.
Since Jesus was persecuted, so too will they be. If Jesus was called the Devil (Beelzebub), so they too will be. Instead, be like Jesus, the teacher (Romans 8:29).
The Truth will prevail, so there is nothing to fear. The Truth will be known even if rulers try to suppress it. God cares for the disciples more than the sparrows.
Fun Fact: “Do not be afraid” is mentioned three times in these last 6 verses. With God, there is no room for fear.
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