June 21, 2021 – Monday
Matthew 10:28 NIV
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell
The above verse is from chapter ten of Matthew where Jesus is sending out His twelve disciples while giving (v1) them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Later in verse sixteen Jesus told His disciples, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Then in verse twenty-two, You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And finally, the two verses prior to our verse of the day (v26-27) Jesus says, So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
Clearly there is danger where the disciples are going – all the Jewish villages throughout Israel – so the disciples are to be careful and aware their message will be hated by many which will translate into hate for them as well. Nonetheless, Jesus wants them to share everything He is sharing with them. There are no special secrets for the disciples not to be shared. All that has been shared by Jesus with them is to be shared with those who will hear it. While Jesus and His disciples may have sat around after the sun had gone down and talked in a moonlit night, they were not hearing anything secret, but truths to speak in the daylight; and what might been spoken quietly or whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Don’t be shy or afraid, but be bold.
And in their boldness of sharing His good news, He told them, Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What jumps out here or should jump out is that for the disciples – and for us – the soul is more important than the body. Why? Because the soul is eternal while the body is not. Instead, they – and we – are to fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Therein we find a comparison between the fear of man and the fear of God about which Spurgeon writes, There is no cure for the fear of man like the fear of God.
But there is much more than fear when comparing man and God. There is God’s obvious love which Jesus details in the next two verses, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. God can let me choose to be sent to hell, but if I stand firm with Jesus, I can only expect His care and love.
Bottom line: Surely, we should fear death that leads to hell for our souls and instead choose a path that pleases God whereby our souls spend eternity with Jesus. Thus, let us go out in our own lives and share that which Jesus has shared with us. What He has shared is not a secret, but a message of Good News meant to be shared.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that Your Son shared a message of such caring and love. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.