(This is a general interpretation and commentary of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)
We continue our lesson in Matthew 10. In this section we read that Yeshua the Christ instructs us to be wise and to be naturally wary of men. Christ Yeshua also tells us that GOD our Father will speak through us when we are being horribly persecuted for his name sake. He also warns us that we will be persecuted and hated for loving Him (Christ).
16. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18. And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
Christ telling us to be wise as serpents is VERY VERY important in the sense that we have a solemn duty to know our world, to be wise in all things. We should know what man is up to, always. Christ also gives us specific instructions to be naturally wary of men, or to be naturally suspicious, ALWAYS. We don't have to show it but we must be wary.
Also, a very important quote from Christ "but he that endureth to the end shall be saved". Key phrase: endureth to the end. What "end" is Christ talking about? In my opinion the end is the end of our lives and for those living during the last days, the end.
24. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25. 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?
26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28. 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.
29. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
We should always follow the WORD of GOD and never put ourselves in a position that elevates ourselves above his WORD.
We should not fear man, AT ALL. We should fear men who have the ability to drag our souls to hell through false teachings. This lesson encompasses what we should be focused on today but are not. False doctrine, and or false dogma, is leading more people to hell than all the major sins (other than adultery) combined and it is our duty to be: wise and notice it, to be wary of all men, never exalt ourselves above GOD by changing his WORD and to always teach GOD'S WORD in Light.