Lesson 174 and 175-February 17 and 24, 2019
Lesson: “Sheep in Wolf country” Part II and Part III
Scripture: Matthew 10:19-26
Lesson Goal: To obtain a better understanding of what you, the follower of Christ, can expect if you truly want to follow Jesus.
Introduction: Please read Matthew 10:19
Question: What is significant about the words “but when” spoken by Jesus to His disciples in verse 19?
Please notice that the disciples will face opposition from the Jewish authorities but also from Gentile authori- ties as well.
Please read the fulfillment of Jesus’ words as recorded in the book of Acts. Please prayerfully read and con- sider these passages: Acts 4:1-22; 5:17-41; 6:12ff; 12:1-19; 16:19-40; and 21:27-28, 31.
(v19) 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.
From a human standpoint it can be very frightening and intimidating to stand before professional prosecutors and authorities. What also makes this all the more consequential is the underlying fact that when so interrogat- ed their (the disciples) lives may be on the line.
It would be quite natural for these disciples, untrained and unlearned (Acts 4:13), to fill inferior and inadequate when brought before professional and highly educated interrogators.
(v19) do not worry, become anxious
Question: Why should they not worry? Please read Philippians 4:6.
Please take a moment to meditate and consider how worry, anxiousness is effected by the follower of Jesus awareness and trust in the provision of God. Please write your thoughts.
(v19) how or what you should speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; when that time comes for the disciples of Jesus they do not have to worry for God will provide. The very words they speak will be given to them by God.
(v20) For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Jesus promises that the Ho- ly Spirit will give them the right words and enable them to speak with the confidence and boldness before any authority, religious or governmental.
Question: What is the role of faith in verses 19 and 20?
Question: What is the role of obedience in verses 19 and 20?
Before moving on to our next verses in todays study, I want to address an error that some have made in inter- preting these verses. There are some who have the mistaken idea that these verses, 19 and 20, are the proof text for avoiding careful study and preparation of such moments. Some go as far in error as to make these verses the proof text for avoiding or simply being lazy in study and preparation of sermons, Bible lessons, and teaching responsibilities. Often time this passage becomes the inaccurate proof text for preachers to excuse themselves from proper study and preparation in order to deliver God’s Word.
(v21) Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against par- ents and cause them to be put to death.
The hostility that the disciples will face will not just come from religious and governmental authorities but will sometimes come from member of one’s family or household.
Question: Please prayerfully answer this question: How is Jesus divisive?
Question: How can following Jesus be divisive among ones own family members?
Jesus tells the disciples in verse 21 that as a result of their faith to follow Him and their faith to share and min- ister to others in His name they will face persecution and betrayal from their own families.
(v22) And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. The hate Jesus’ disciples face will come from various places and many directions.
Question: Why will the world hate Jesus’ disciples? Please read John 15: 18-19.
Question: If our lives truly identify with Jesus Christ what can we expect?
(v22b) But he who endures to the end will be saved. In this context the endurance of persecution is the evi- dence of salvation. Endurance does not make salvation nor does it produce salvation. But in this scripture context it is the evidence of salvation. We do not as believers, disciples, His followers, earn or merit our sal- vation by endurance but rather in this context it is the proof or verification of it.
John MacArthur, “Persecution quickly burns away chaff in the church. Those who have made only a superfi- cial profession of Christ have no new nature to motivate them to suffer for Christ and no divine power to ena- ble them to endure it if they wanted to. Nothing is more spiritually purifying and strengthening then persecu- tion (see James 1:12). It is because God’s Word assures us that absolutely nothing can separate us from Christ that we can count on such unshakable evidence.”
Question: Please read Romans 8:35, 37-39. What does these verse help is to understand?
(v23) Notice and identify the first word in verse 23 __________________. (v23a) they persecute you in this city, flee to another.
Question: How was Paul an example of this in the book of Acts?
Please explain this quote: “It is not wrong to escape from danger, only from duty.”
(v23b) For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
****Commentators and scholars acknowledge Jesus’ statement in 23b as one of the most difficult in Matthew to interpret.
For your thought, a simple interpretation: The meaning of Jesus’ statement to the assignment of sharing the Good News of the Kingdom to the Jews would be so great and so difficult because of the refusing to hear (“He that has an ear let Him hear) and outright rejection of the message (“He came to His own and His own did not receive Him”) that ultimately this message would not be accomplished even by the time of His second coming.
(vv23-25) A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant about his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!
Warren Wiersbe. “Men persecuted Jesus Christ when He was ministering on earth, so why should we expect anything different? We are the disciples, and the disciples does not outrank the Master. They said Jesus was in a league with satan (Beelzebub: lord of the dung; lord of the house), so they will say the same thing of His followers.”
Stuart Weber, “But Jesus obviously intended us to understand that we will be treated as poorly as He has been treated. Most modern American Christians find it hard to identify with this; but Christ’s followers in other places find it as real as the morning news. Persecution of Christians throughout the world is a serious reality.”
David Platt, “Everyone who wants a safe, carefree life from danger should stay away from Jesus. The world responds with hostility to Him. So as we are conformed to Christ more and more, the world will respond to us more and more as they responded to Him. If you want to avoid being betrayed, hated, or persecuted, then don’t become like Christ! We are so prone to sit back and settle for religious routine and comfortable Christi- anity, because it’s safe. As long as we live lives just like everyone else-going to church on Sunday and keep- ing our faith to ourselves-we will face little risk in this world. The only problem is that we will know so little of Christ. But when we do know Christ, and when we’re becoming like Him and proclaiming Him, things will not be easy for us. The more Christ is manifest in your life and in your family, the harder it will get for you in this world. You will become like the One who was mocked, beaten, scourged, sit on and nailed to a cross. So do you really want to be like Christ?
(v26) Therefor do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
“For” in this verse looks forward introducing the truth (promise) that in the end God will make everything right. There will be no gray areas or shades. All the coverup and pretense of the world will be revealed and made known. The truth will reveal itself and be revealed! The world will be seen (evil) for what it is and the believers’ righteousness will be revealed for what it truly is.
Please read Matthew 5:10-12. PLEASE!
Do not stop this lesson until you hear Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:10-12.