7.16.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 161. Opportunity.

Matthew 10:17 – 18 says this, “But be on guard against people, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings on My account, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.”

Jesus is preparing His hand-picked group of twelve disciples to go out on their own into the world and preach His message about the coming of His kingdom (Matthew 10:1). He is warning them that it will be dangerous. They may not know it yet, but Jesus is pointing forward to a time of great persecution of Christians after His death, resurrection, and return to heaven. He said in the previous verse that persecution will include being flogged in the synagogues by the Jewish religious leaders after being tried before a Jewish court (Matthew 10:17).

Now Jesus adds that substantial persecution will come from the Gentiles, as well. His followers will be “dragged” before governors and kings for His sake. These would include Jewish religious leaders (Acts 4:1–22), but also secular Jewish government authorities (Acts 12:1–4) and, eventually, Roman rulers (Acts 14:5).

This persecution before these authorities would serve a specific purpose, however. When standing trial, Jesus said His followers would continue to represent Him. In this way, they would have the opportunity to tell the message of Jesus to those at the highest levels of power, both Jews and Gentiles. The coming persecution would allow the good news of salvation through faith in Christ to reach even those who were doing the persecuting.

I look at this and realize that every opportunity was and is an excuse to witness about Christ. Every opportunity.

Think on that today.

2 Comments

  1. Peggy F on July 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Amen! Its hard for us who have grown up in America, with all the blessings God has poured out upon us, to even try to imagine this type of persecution. Jesus said it would come and it did for the 12 disciples and so many others and even now in this world, persecution for the sake of the gospel is happening all over the world. I look at Paul and Silas when they were thrown in jail in the Philippian jail, and beaten and chained, yet Paul took the ” opportunity” in these dire circumstances, and they praised and worshiped God so that the jailers and all the other prisoners heard them. and when the jail shook and the bars were opened, they didn’t run away, but told the jailer not to kill himself they were still there and brought him to the knowledge of Christ. Phillippians has always been a favorite book of mine, and in chapter one Paul writes in verse 12 and on, ….the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…….it has become evident to the whole palace guard and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ. oh so much here ! what do my opportunities look like each day.?…………

  2. Bruce R B on July 16, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Not that we encourage persecution to happen to us, but if we are not being persecuted in some way, we are doing something wrong. The enemy would have no need of us if we weren’t a threat to him.

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