Bible Discussion Thread

  • Yvonne Haynes on Matthew 10:35 - 2 years ago
    What does Matt: 10:6 mean to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves?
  • Steve - In Reply on Matthew 10:35 - 2 years ago
    Jesus has begun giving instructions about what He wants His twelve hand-picked apostles to do when He sends them out on their own ( Matthew 10:1-4). He began by defining where they should not go: to any Gentile areas or Samaritan towns ( Matthew 10:5). Instead, Jesus now says, He is sending His representatives to the "lost sheep of Israel."

    At the end of the previous chapter, Matthew described Jesus as feeling compassion for the people as He looked out over the crowds. Jesus saw that they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Those are the "lost sheep" Jesus is sending His disciples to reach with the good news of the Messiah and the kingdom of heaven.

    In saying this, Jesus was directing the good news to all the people of Israel, not just some. God's plan was that the good news of Jesus would first be preached to Israel and then later to the rest of the nations ( Romans 1:16).

    Context Summary

    Matthew 10:5-15 contains Jesus' instructions for His twelve apostles, for their missionary trip to the towns of Galilee, in northern Israel. Their mission will be to preach His message that the kingdom of heaven is near, while also healing people and casting out demons. The apostles must not take with them extra money or clothes. Instead, they will stay with those who are worthy in each town they visit. If nobody in a town believes their message, the disciples are to shake the dust of that town from their feet. Jesus will follow these instructions with a series of warnings and encouragements.
  • GiGi - In Reply on Matthew 10:35 - 2 years ago
    Dear Yvonne,

    I just read up on this by googling "wise as serpents, gentle as doves meaning. The site "Got Questions" has a good write up on this scripture from Jesus. I refer you to that site, which explains it better than I could.
  • Free - In Reply on Matthew 10:35 - 2 years ago
    Dear "Yvonne Haynes", Here you have found a question. :) Which probably has more views on it than i have. I will try to show you. A snake: Crawls, eels, bites, is poisonous, is cunning, hides, waits for the right moment.

    A pigeon: Alert, stays at a distance, flies away easily, sensitive, notices everything, wants a quiet environment, peacefull.

    In the kingdom of God for and saved souls, all this can be used for that cause and much more. These are opportunities we can use forever, and be a servant of Jesus Christ. So it is not a small option. This makes me think of all the possibilities. But we must be aware of and end up in the salad once in a while as well. :)

    Good luck and here are some words from Jesus Himself:

    Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

    19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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