Matthew 10:25-30
Mat 10:25 (KJB)
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Though no Christian can ever attain the same status of the Lord Jesus Christ, nevertheless as a Christian matures and learns they will be just like their master and likewise those who have served will mature enough in service to be like their lord. Then Jesus refers to the slander that has been thrown on Him by the Pharisees as being under the power of Satan will also be thrown at them. The word “Beelzebub” means “Lord of the Flies” and was a principal deity of the Philistines which was supposed to protect them against flies and mosquitoes. (2 Ki 1:2 KJV) And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. After a while the Jews had used the term as another name for Satan. The Pharisees had believed that Jesus did His miracles with the power of Beelzebub, that is, He was under the power of Satan. Jesus reminds His disciples that if they called Him Satan, then they will also call His disciples Satan and will make a false case against them as they did Jesus. Notice that Jesus refers to Himself as the Master of the house and the disciples, His household. This shows that the disciples were more than students but were family. Remember on the road to Damascus, Jesus asked the Apostle Paul why he was persecuting Him. Paul was persecuting the family of God and Jesus took it personally. (Acts 9:4 KJV) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Mat 10:26 (KJB)
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Covered - Concealed or hidden
Revealed - Uncovered or disclosed
Jesus is encouraging the disciples that they should not fear those who will persecute them but they are to continue doing ministry as long as possible. There is going to come a time when all the things they are preaching about will come to pass openly and will be revealed to the entire world. What is hidden now will be made known to all. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was one of those events where hundreds had seen Him after He arose. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which started the evangelism of the world at Jerusalem. Jesus raised the dead, healed the sick, fed the hungry crowds, calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and many other things which would be made known, but the greatest thing that would be made known would be that salvation would come through the Lord Jesus Christ and not the keeping of the law. Just a secondary look at this verse, the disciples need not fear the Pharisees because whatever they are planning in secret will be revealed. (Isa 29:15 KJV) Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Mat 10:27 (KJB)
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
Preach - Proclaim
During the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus, much of His teaching was done in private with the disciples or in discussion mode. What they learned in these lessons were no longer going to be kept secret or quiet. Soon those lessons would be proclaimed to the whole world and whatever they learned from Jesus was not to be kept to themselves but soon they would begin to reveal those teachings to the world. Jesus uses the examples of hearing something in the dark and then proclaiming it in the light and using the housetops to proclaim. From the housetops, you could bellow forth the Gospel to all in the streets. Today the housetops would be the streets, a stadium, an auditorium, television, radio, internet, and many other places where the greatest amount of people can hear.
Mat 10:28 (KJB)
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jesus then returns to the subject of persecution and tells His disciples that they need to refocus their fear. He tells them not to fear men because all they can do is kill the physical body and once that occurs, they can do no more. Man is actually severely limited in their persecution because if they kill a Christian, they are only changing their residence from earth to Heaven. Jesus then tells them that they are not to fear men but they need to fear God because He has the ability to destroy both body and soul in hell. I have heard this verse used as a proof text for annihilation. This is very erroneous because annihilation is not taught in Scripture. What is in view here is that the unbeliever needs to fear God who is the one that can sentence them to eternal damnation thus eternally destroying them. The word “destroy” in the Greek has absolutely no references to annihilation.
Mat 10:29 (KJB)
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
A farthing is an Assarion which was one of the smallest Roman coins and was worth about 1/16 of a denarius which was a days wages. Here the verse tells us that two sparrows are sold for one farthing which means they are very cheap birds. Yet, our heavenly Father knows exactly when one falls to the ground in death. In fact, it is God who ordains the life span of all animals and birds as well as humans. Jesus is telling His disciples that even something of this small nature cannot occur without the Heavenly Father ordaining it and executing it. It shows how much God is intimately entwined in His creation. This verse also teaches that God is aware of everything and nothing gets passed Him.
Mat 10:30 (KJB)
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
God not only knows the situation of the sparrows but He is also intimately involved with His children. If the sparrows cannot die without the Heavenly Father being involved, not one hair on the head of a child of God can ever perish or fall off apart from the will of God. God is in control of every aspect of the life of a believer, from birth to death.