Thursday, December 11, 2014

Matthew 10: 24-31

Please reread Matthew 10: 24-31 before starting.

Mat 10:24 “A disciple is not superior to his teacher, or a slave superior to his master”.

This verse is a good one to remember. How many times have each of us thought that we are better or smarter than someone else? What about someone who is handicapped. You meet a person with Down syndrome; do you feel smarter or more with it? I have done that and usually the person I have judged as inferior in some way makes me look foolish. Everyone has a gift from God and those gifts are all different. We are all equal.

I found the 25, 26 and 27 confusing and had to read up to get the full meaning. I went to the Guzik Commentary and they did a good job.

A disciple is not above his teacher: Simply put, the disciples should not expect to be treated any better than Jesus was treated. If they called Jesus himself Satan (Beelzebub), how much worse should the disciples of Jesus expect! Even in the midst of persecution, Jesus’ disciples should not fear, but be bold in their proclamation of the gospel.

This becomes clearer if you say it if you read this through the Bible version called The Message.

24-25 “A student doesn’t get a better desk than her teacher. A laborer doesn’t make more money than his boss. Be content—pleased, even—when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get. If they call me, the Master, ‘Dungface,’ what can the workers expect? 26-27 “Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.28 “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

The last five verses are telling you to not be afraid of what you are told (they say in the dark) but it is what the Holy Spirit has given you. You are to share the gospel of Jesus without fear. God knows all about you. He cares for you. They verse that is so widely used is: Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And one of them will not fall to the ground without the knowledge and consent of your Father.

How much more would he value you the person that was made in his own image.