Bible: Matthew 10:16-39; 24:3-31
Persecution of Disciples
10:16 “I 1 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 2 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 10:17 Beware 3 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 4 and flog 5 you in their synagogues. 6 10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 7 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever 8 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 9 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 10 10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
10:21 “Brother 11 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 12 parents and have them put to death. 10:22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 10:23 Whenever 13 they persecute you in one place, 14 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 15 you will not finish going through all the towns 16 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
10:24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 17 greater than his master. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
Fear God, Not Man
10:26 “Do 18 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 19 that will not be revealed, 20 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 21 proclaim from the housetops. 22 10:28 Do 23 not be afraid of those who kill the body 24 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 25 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 26 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 27 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; 28 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Not Peace, but a Sword
10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 31 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 32
10:37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross 33 and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life 34 will lose it, 35 and whoever loses his life because of me 36 will find it.
24:6 “Be careful 7 never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 8 24:7 “The
24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. 16 He journeyed 17 to the region of Aram Naharaim 18 and the city of Nahor. 24:11 He made the camels kneel down by the well 19 outside the city. It was evening, 20 the time when the women would go out to draw water. 24:12 He prayed, “O
24:15 Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah 27 with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). 28 24:16 Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. 29 She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 24:17 Abraham’s servant 30 ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” 24:18 “Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering 31 her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. 24:19 When she had done so, 32 she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” 24:20 She quickly emptied 33 her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. 24:21 Silently the man watched her with interest to determine 34 if the
24:22 After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka 36 and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels 37 and gave them to her. 38 24:23 “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. 39 “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”
24:26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the
24:28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about 47 these things. 24:29 (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) 48 Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. 24:30 When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring 49 and heard his sister Rebekah say, 50 “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing 51 by the camels near the spring. 24:31 Laban said to him, 52 “Come, you who are blessed by the