10/16/2018 — Matthew Chapter 10
Matthew 10: 16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Being compared to a “dove” has never bothered me as a believer. But what about being compared to a “snake?” (I immediately think of a “Snake-oil” salesman-type image.)
Well, the popular view of snakes has changed greatly time. Today to many snakes are evil and to be avoided. However, at the time of Christ snakes were associated with wisdom by many cultures.
The commentator “Got Questions” stated, As we take the gospel to a hostile world, we must be wise (avoiding the snares set for us), and we must be innocent (serving the Lord blamelessly). Jesus was not suggesting that we stoop to deception but that we should model some of the serpent’s famous shrewdness in a positive way. Wisdom does not equal dishonesty, and innocence does not equal gullibility.