Lesson 176-March 3, 2019
Lesson: “This Mission May Cost You Your Life”
Scripture: Matthew 10:27-31
Lesson Goal: To gain a better understanding of Jesus’ words of instruction to His disciples as they launch out in ministry and how these instructions apply to us as followers of Jesus.
Introduction: Please read Matthew 10:26, 28, 31. What specific subject does Jesus address in these three verses?
Why address this subject? Please read Matthew 10:17, 22, 23.
Fact for these disciples: The mission that they will embark on may cost them their lives! How intense does it become if you hear “this mission may cost you your life?” (Writers quote)
Testimony-I asked one of our veterans, a Marine, to explain to me the feelings and emotions that are experi- enced when you hear these word as it pertains to a specific mission, “This mission may cost you your life!” His response in truth and honesty was at that moment “you realize the seriousness” of the situation. He shared “that at that moment things become very real.” But there is also that awareness that you have been trained by the best for such a time as this. Now it is time to use their training to accomplish the mission and designated objective. The preparing for the mission has been done, the planning for the mission has been completed, and now it is time, the hour has come!
For the disciples that hour had come!
(v27) Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what your hear in the ear, preach on the house-
Many times during the past approximately 18 months, Jesus has privately taught and offered instructions to His disciples. The things that Jesus has taught them now are to be preached and proclaimed publicly. The dis- ciples have a mission and mandate to preach and teach that which they had learned from Jesus.
Often times rooftops were used as platforms for making public announcements and proclamations. The flat surfaces of the rooftop provided an elevated platform for a speaker.
The truth should be proclaimed and not hidden. We, His followers, are not the keeper of manmade secrets but we are to be bold proclaimers of His truth.
“During New Testament times Jewish rabbis would often train their students to speak by standing beside them and whispering in their ears. What the student heard whispered he would then speak aloud. What the Lord has, in effect, whispered in our ears through His Word we are to speak aloud to the world. What the Lord has made known to us, we are to share with others.” MacArthur
We are not to make the message of God offensive for the sake of being offensive. The message is not to share the Word with a haughty attitude or self righteous know-it-allism (my word). But we must understand when the fullness of the truth of God is preached and taught it will be offensive to the world. The messengers of truth will not be welcomed by the world. The world will find the message of truth (Bible and its truth not just
selected “positive” passages) offensive.
Jesus warned the disciples that these truths would not be welcomed by the world. As the disciples preached the uncompromising truth the message would not be received and the messengers would be rejected as well.
(v28) And do not fear those who kill the body but can not kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to de- stroy both soul and body in hell.
Question: How many times is the word “fear” used in verse 28?
In verse 28 the word “fear” is used in two distinct senses. The first is “anxiousness, fright, terror, afraid,” the second use makes reference to “awe, respect, reverence.”
Jesus helps the disciples to understand that all men can do to them is touch, harm, or kill the body. They can not touch, harm, or kill the soul.
“The person who fears God alone need never fear any man or group of men. The fear of God is the fear that cancels out all other fear.” Wiersbe
Please read Acts 21:10-14
(v29) Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from Your Father’s will.
In verse 29 we see a picture of God’s care and concern for even the smallest sparrow. “Sparrows were the cheapest type of living food sold in the market; a penny was the smallest copper coin. Sparrows were not of high value in the world-a penny could buy two of them. Yet God is so concerned for them that not one falls to the ground without His care.” Life Application Bible Commentary
Jesus is reassuring His disciples that their heavenly Father will watch over them with His love, care, and inter- est. Jesus is helping them to know that no permanent harm can come to them.
Question: How is the above statement possible?
(v30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
The average human hair head count is about 140,000 give or take a few.
Alright (take a lot) for some such as I. But I would remind you to carefully read II Kings 2:23-24. Easy on the bald jokes!
The point of our passage is the truth of God’s intimate knowledge of us. If God is so omniscience illustrated by this fact how then must He notice those things of spiritual and eternal matters in our lives.
(v31) Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than any sparrow.
God’s love toward us is of such He is concerned about even the smallest details of our lives. Because of God’s great love and care for us there is no reason to fear.
I close today’s Life Focus lesson with some thoughts by David Platt: “Jesus knows that we will be tempted to fear man and to be intimidated by what people can do to us. However, its not man we need to fear; God is the ultimate judge. He holds eternity in His hand, not men. This may seem like a strange way to encourage disci- ples, essentially telling them ‘Don’t be afraid of men-the worst thing they can do is kill you!’ It has been said
that saints of old feared God so much. Likewise, when you and I fear God alone, then we can stand boldly in front of people that we would previously have been afraid to share the gospel with, even those who would take our lives. For in the end, death for the follower of Christ is actually gain (Philippians 1:21).”