Matthew 10:27-31 Blessed Providence.

Matthew 10:27-31 Blessed Providence.

At verse 26, which ended the previous passage, Matthew stated the following from Jesus. “Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” Jesus had been talking about the persecutions that would be coming to his apostles. They were to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves, but they would still be persecuted for his name’s sake (vv. 16-18, 21ff.). They were told not to worry, because as his apostolic witnesses they would be given the words to write and speak for the new canonical revelation, which would be their chief mission. They would be ambassadors of the canonical word of the King (vv. 19-20).

They need not fear this persecution, because like the prophets earlier, their words would be of divine inspiration, that which the Lord God had kept covered and hidden, would through them be revealed and known. For this reason, they were to take what he had communicated to them in the dark, and whispered in their ears, so to speak, and as his apostolic canonical witnesses speak and preach it for all to hear (v. 27). Their persecutors ultimately only had power over their bodies, but the Lord God holds the destiny of their bodies and souls for all eternity. It was the Lord’s message they were called to speak and preach, and therefore it was him alone whom they were to fear (v. 28).

The great assuring doctrine of divine providence would be their comfort. Men may persecute to the point of murdering them, but even something so seemingly final and obviously severe, was and remains under his sovereign providential will and purpose. Even things so seemingly insignificant as the number of sparrows in the world, or more insignificant still, the number of hairs on our heads, are under his sovereign command (vv. 29-30). Again Jesus says “Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows” (v. 31). The great ‘therefore’ in life, and the secret of being content, is that God is in total sovereign providential control of all that happens in the affairs of this life and the one to come.

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