To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Affirm Others
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In my last post, Yeshua warned His emissaries that they would be persecuted. If we want to be like Him, we have to share the joy and risks of working together. In this post, we will conclude our mini-series on affirming others.
“A talmid is not greater than His rabbi, a slave is not greater than His master. It is enough for a talmid that he become like His rabbi, and a slave like His master. Now if people have called the head of the house Ba‘al-Zibbul, how much more will they malign the members of His household! So do not fear them; for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim on the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom. Aren’t sparrows sold for next to nothing, two for an assarion [penny]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, every hair on your head has been counted. So do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me in the presence of others I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others I will disown before my Father in heaven. Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword! For I have come to set a man against His father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of His own household. Whoever loves His father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves His son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me. And anyone who does not take up His execution-stake and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds His own life will lose it, but the person who loses His life for my sake will find it. Whoever receives you is receiving me, and whoever receives me is receiving the One who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive the reward a prophet gets, and anyone who receives a tzaddik because he is a tzaddik will receive the reward a tzaddik gets. Indeed, if someone gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my talmid — yes! — I tell you, he will certainly not lose His reward!” ~ Matthew 10:24-42
Yeshua used a common proverb stated two ways (talmid and rabbi; slave and master) to show that both must share the same experiences. A talmid or slave is not greater than the rabbi or master. In Judaism, a talmid shared the daily experiences of His rabbi; in pagan cultures, a slave fought beside His master. Both receive the same treatment. Yeshua used a play on words by saying if people have called the head of the house Ba‘al-Zibbul because “Ba‘al-Zibbul” meant “lord of the dwelling.” Ba‘al-Zibbul was the god of Ekron (2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16). The word has two parts: “Ba’al” which was the name for local Kena’ani fertility gods in the Tanakh, and “Zibbul” which means “exalted dwelling.” This became a name for Satan himself, prince of the demons. The P’rushim did this very act, accusing Yeshua of using Ba‘al-Zibbul’s power to drive out demons (see Matthew 12:24). If Yeshua, who is perfect, was called evil, how much more will they malign the members of His household! Yeshua’s followers should expect that they would face similar accusations. God promises to vindicate those who stand firm (10:22). Continue reading “Yeshua Instructs His Emissaries on Their Mission ~ Part 4”