Beware of men

Matthew Bible Background

01.12.2017 – New Testament: Matt 10.17–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 10.1–23 on January 12, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Sometimes persecution surprises us because we do not seek to harm those who persecute us, and we see the beauty of the truth, but we cannot figure out why others cannot see it. Jesus taught,

“But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 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; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matthew 10.17–20). 

Jesus taught that to His apostles, but we can still see that what we teach and live will bring the hatred of people, and they will act out their hatred, but our Heavenly Father stays with us all the say.


  • How have you handled persecution?
  • Have you persecuted someone?

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