“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Just a quick post about this short, simple and eloquent verse.
In the verses preceding this verse, Christ is instructing his disciples before they are sent out to preach the word of God. Christ sends his messengers out into the world with nothing, no worldly things. He tells them that while they are traveling and delivering the gospel to receive nothing more than what they need to sustain life. Christ instructs them to forsake worldly items and desires.
Verse 16 is the first verse where Christ warns them of the persecution they will suffer. The disciples will be ostracized by those in power and those who wish to curry the favor of those in power. The disciples will not fit the narrative.
But the comments I wish to make about this verse are about how once again I see the consistent theme of balance being demonstrated. That’s what stuck in my head when I read this verse, and that’s what I made a note to write about.
Each half of this verse demonstrates the balance of the universe.
….I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves….
Simply put, good and evil. They will preach righteousness and covetousness will attempt to devour them.
….so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves….
Christ is telling them to realize the vipers they will be up against, do not be naïve and stupid. Always maintain your righteousness and always act righteously. You must realize how the unrighteous will behave and use your righteousness to counter their actions. This is balance.
This one verse is a lesson on how to live your life. There is evil, and it is always looking to subjugate you. Be wise and understand this. Do not hide you head in the sand and pretend it does not exist.
You do not combat evil with evil. You balance it with righteousness and truth.
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