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Be Shrewd As Serpents and Innocent As Doves

August 28, 2016

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Be Shrewd  As Serpents  and Innocent  As Doves

In Matthew  chapter 10,  we read  about Jesus sending  His disciples out  to preach  throughout the land  of Israel.     They would be preaching  to people who were acquainted  with God’s word  in the Old Testament.     Jesus wanted His disciples  to depend  upon God  to support them,  so they were not to carry along  extra supplies.     If a town accepted  God’s word  in their preaching,  they were  to give that town  a greeting  of peace  as they shared God’s word.     But,  if a town rejected  God’s message  of salvation,  they were to “shake off the dust  of your feet”,  and go preach elsewhere.     Those who rejected  God’s salvation  through faith  in Jesus  were condemning themselves  to eternal judgment.

Jesus was sending His disciples out  to preach  to those who might hate them  and try  to ruin them.     So,  Jesus warned His disciples  in Matthew 10:16,

Behold,  I send you out  as sheep  in the midst  of wolves;  so  be shrewd  as serpents  and innocent  as doves.

Jesus was well aware  that He was sending His disciples out  to preach  in places  where people might hate them.     The possible dangers  were not  to stop them  —  even though they might appear as vulnerable  “sheep  in the midst  of wolves”.     The hatred towards them  would be strong  —  so,  in the middle  of their dangerous situations,  they needed  to “be shrewd  as serpents  and innocent  as doves”.

The disciples needed  to be wise  in realizing  what kind of people  they were dealing with  —  people who knew God’s word,  but rejected most all  of it.     In the same breath,  the disciples needed  to keep their personal lives  in the love  of God  —  through faith,  hope,  and love.

Christians today  are also  to share God’s word  in a dangerous world  that wants  to destroy them.     In faith  and love  we share God’s word  in all its truth.     We might be hated  for that,  but we are  in God’s eternal care.

Sharing God’s word wisely,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your awesome love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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