Scripture: Matthew 10:17-42; Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9.

(If you cannot view this entire post just click on the title above.)


Jesus Prepares The Disciples For Persecution

Matthew 10:17-42 (KJV) 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.  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.  32 Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.  33 But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.  34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.  39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.  40 He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth him that sent Me.  41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Herod Had John The Baptist Killed And Now Believed Jesus Was John 

Matthew 14:1-12 (KJV) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.  For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.  But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.  Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.  And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.  And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.  10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.  11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.  12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Mark 6:14-29 (KJV) 14 And king Herod heard of Jesus; (for His name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.  16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.  17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.  18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.  19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. 21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;  22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.  23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.  24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.  25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.  26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.  27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.  29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

Luke 9:7-9 (KJV) Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him (Jesus): and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.  And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see Him.

1. Of what did Jesus warn His disciples (Matthew 10:17)? Jesus warned His disciples of the men who would deliver them up to the councils and scourge them in the synagogues.

2. Before whom might the disciples be brought (Matthew 10:18)? Governors and kings.

3. Who will speak for the disciples (Matthew 10:20)? The Spirit of God, the Father.

4. Who shall be saved (Matthew10:22)? They that endure to the end will be saved.

5. Why shouldn’t the disciples fear (Matthew 10:26)? Because that which is covered will be revealed and that which is hidden will be known.

6. Who should the disciples fear (Matthew 10:28)? The one who is able to destroy both soul and body.

7. What are numbered (Matthew 10:30)? The hairs of our head.

8. Who will Jesus confess before His Father (Matthew 10:32)? Jesus will confess before His Father those who confess Him (Jesus) before men.

9. Who will Jesus deny before His Father (Matthew 10:33)? Jesus will deny before His Father those who deny Him (Jesus) before men.

10. Who is not worthy of Jesus (Matthew 10:38)? Those who don’t take up their cross and follow Jesus.

11. Who shall find his life (Matthew 10:39)? He that loses his life for Jesus.

12. Who did Herod believe Jesus was (Matthew 14:1-2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7)? John the Baptist.

13.What had Herod done to John the Baptist (Matthew 14:10; Mark 6:27; Luke 9:9)? Herod had beheaded John the Baptist.


Matthew 10:42 (NIV) “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”  Do you hear what Jesus is saying?


Is there someone who would be blessed by your offer of a cup of cold water (or a refreshing kind word, a refreshing pat on the back, a refreshing act of service)?


Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges Me (Jesus) before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.”


Our love of God can be measured by how well we treat others.  God notices every good deed we do as if He is receiving it.


Giving “a cup of cold water” to a thirsty child is a good model of unselfish service.  Is there any unselfish act you can do today for someone?  We should encourage others to do so too.


Lord, I pray we will seek the Holy Spirit’s help (Matthew 10:20). Lord, I pray we will endure, stand firm, until the end for then Your Word says we will be saved (Matthew 10:22). Lord, I pray we will not fear for according to Your Word all that is now covered or hidden will eventually be revealed (Matthew 10:26).  Thank You Lord for watching over us (Matthew 10:29-31).  Lord, I pray we will confess You before those around us (Matthew 10:32). Lord, I pray we will take up our cross and follow You (Matthew 10:38). Lord, I pray we will surrender to Your Lordship (Matthew 10:40).   In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I always stand firm in our faith.” <>< Dona