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Dec. 14, 2006
This chapter is about the calling of the 12 disciples, and their mission. Jesus sent them out to preach not too long after He called them. The disciples were to go out with nothing, and were to live off what people gave them, whether it be food, clothes or a place to stay.
One verse that I have always liked is 10:16, the last part: "Be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves." This is sound advice at all times. The Lord does not want us to run around acting like fools. We are called to be discreet and wise, no matter what situation we are in. I'm sure you have met people who were the opposite: wise as doves and innocent as serpents. I know I have.
Another passage that is very comforting is Jesus' words about not being afraid of those who would oppose them: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." (10:28-31, ESV)
We hear a lot of these verses quoted separately, but it is important to remember the context, that Jesus said them all at once. God loves us. Never forget that. There is nothing that builds confidence and assurance in our faith and in ourselves in general if we realize that we individually are special to the One who made the universe.