Matthew 10:16 Lo, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent — harmless, guileless and without falsity — as doves. Amp.
Innocent – d) free from sin, evil, or guilt. Doing or thinking nothing morally wrong: pure. Not guilty of a specific crime or offense, without guile or cunning.
Guile – d) crafty, deceitful talk or conduct.
Harmless – d) causing no harm, inoffensive
Falsity – d) the condition of being false; dishonesty, deceitfulness.
Wolf – d) fierce, cruel or greedy person.
Wary – d) cautious; on one’s guard
The Lord was sending the disciples to the lost sheep of Israel. He told them to cure the sick, raise the dead; cleanse the lepers; and drive out demons. Then He told them they would be persecuted, flogged and hated but to have no fear.
Then at the end He tells them “He who receives and welcomes and accepts you, receives, welcomes and accepts Me.” Matt. 10:40
I wonder just what they were thinking. They had seen how everyone flocked to Jesus to be healed. They saw Him feed the multitudes. They did not yet fully understand what was going to happen to Jesus. They were probably not prepared for what was coming.
That is just the way Jesus does His people. What better way to learn. There are so many good lessons in Chapter 10. But experience is the best teacher especially if Jesus is close by.
In one of David Wilkerson’s Messages, he talks about how when snake handlers first begin, they get into the snake pit and learn their moves. I cannot think of any place much worse than a snake pit. But that is about where the disciples had to go? They were not just sent, but to be innocent and causing no harm.
They must always be cautious and on their guard. They would also see that in the hard place that He was sending them that they would never be in danger and not to fear. They were to be like Jesus. He never caused any harm. He always told the truth even when it offended the hearers. He was their perfect example.
This chapter has some verses of the end times chapters. In the last days men will be lovers of self and pleasures more than lovers of God. They will be treacherous betrayers, rash and inflated with self conceit. 2 Tim. 3
What are they missing that causes them to be so lost?
Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.
Psalm 15:1 Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Your holy hill?
Psalm 15:2 He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice, and speaks and thinks truth in his heart.
Without truth in the heart everything is tainted and impure. You can have 9 things right, but if you get 1 thing wrong, it can fester and spoil the whole loaf. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. The disciples were to have no falsity. They could not be dishonest or crafty and deceitful. They must have truth in the inward parts.
Malachi 3:5 says He will draw near for judgment against the false swearers.
Revelation 21:8 … and all liars,(those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed, all these shall have) their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone.
John 4:24 says, “God is a Spirit and those who worship him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.”
This will wipe out all the pretenders who are just acting out a part. If Jesus is our example and we follow Him with all our heart He will guard us from all the evil as we witness to the world of all His goodness. We must be harmless with no falsity or we could be washed away with the flood that sweeps away the evil.
Let us examine our hearts in His presence letting Him shine on all the places that need His purifying fire so we too can be harmless and guileless.
SUBJECT — PROTECTION — DAVID WILKERSON
When the Lord appears, cruel throats cannot swallow and the consuming fires cannot destroy. The Lord has refused permission to any foe to destroy us: Praise His Name! He has given us to His Son and He will never give us to our enemies.