2“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16Definitions:Wise = thoughtful, discreetFoolish = dull or stupid, absurdJudgment = perception, by implication intelligenceHarmless = innocent, simplePsalms 119:66 “Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.”
3How to Be Wise Wise as serpents Subtle, crafty Prov. 30: their way on a rockLearn to use all our resourcesPsalms 119:98 “You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.”Proverbs 9:10 - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
4How to Be Wise Know Some Things Prov. 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”Avoid Sin - “For the wages of sin is death” Rom.6:23Respect for the Bible.Need to keep growing
5How to Be Wise Pick out the Important Things Matthew 23:23-24 23. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier[ matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.24. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”
6Wise and Harmless Others sin and What Do we do ? Do not leave the Sin Hate the sinEph. 5:11 “have no fellowship”Jude 23 “hating even the garment”Love The PersonDo not ignore, coddle or condone sinSeparate the Sinner from the Sin
7Love the Sinner - hate the Sin God loved the World - John 3:16Hates the sin - Ps. 119:104 “hate every false way”Use Good JUDGMENT in dealing with SinnersWise = not approve of their sinHarmless = attitude that God displayedApproach with humble attitudeGal 6:1 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
8Wise and Harmless The Discipline What Do we do ? Of Children World teaches that it is not good to spank a childProverbs 13:24 NKJV “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”Proverbs 19:18 KJV “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”Proverbs 29:15 KJV “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
9Wise and Harmless Teaching one who What Do we do ? Disagrees with us Some disagreed with Jesus1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”Be ready to give an answer = defense
10Truth Needs to be taught John 14:6 “the way, the truth and the life.”John 8:24 “if you do not believe that I am He”Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing”Teach the truth with wisdomChrist and Him crucified - 1 Cor. 2:1-2“whole counsel of God” Acts 20:27In discussing truth with peopleNever get angryUse good judgment with those who disagree
11Wise and Harmless The truth is What Do we do ? Challenged or Ignored Should defend God’s TruthJude contend for the faithError not tolerated - Gal. 2:5Motivation is not:Love for Argument - Gal. 5:14-15Desire for personal victoryReason: we know without truth people are lost !
12Our Conduct will be:Firm and sure but not dogmatic and overbearingAggressive with truth but not mean-spiritedOvercome error with truth -Objection is the Saving of a SoulIt is not our aim to win an argumentWhen opportunity arises teach to the best of our abilityThe Increase is God’s Business1 Cor. 3:6 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
13Wise and Harmless We are despised when What Do we do ? We have done rightWhat Do we do ?Wise and HarmlessPeople can defame our motives, hate our message, lie about what we said or did, threaten usMatt. 5: “… for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”Christ was persecutedApostles and early Christians were persecuted
14What can we do? Elijah prayed - he wanted to die - 1 Kings 19:1-4 Jeremiah kept on writing - Jeremiah 36:27-32John had doubts in prison - Matt. 11:2-6Jesus prayed - “Father forgive them” Luke 23:34Peter and apostles rejoiced - Acts 5:40-42Paul and Silas sang praises - Acts 16:25Hebrews suffered joyfully - Heb. 10:32-34
15Wise and Harmless Face the Hard What Do we do ? Trials of Life John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”DeathSicknessAccidents or mishapsLose possessions / healthLose friends
16God will Help Us 1 Pet. 5:6-7 1 Cor. 10:13 6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:7. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”1 Cor. 10:13
17God will Help Us 2 Pet. 3:9 ESV The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.ESV
18Trust God and Remember Our Reward Psalms 118:8-98.“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.9. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
19Trust God and Remember Our Reward Hebrews 13:5-65. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
20Trust God and Remember Our Reward James 1:2-42. ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
21Romans 8:35-3935. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
22Wise Harmless As serpents and As doves “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
23Good Judgment Jesus went about doing GOOD ! Acts 10:34 Jesus was wise and harmless“Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” Psalms 119:66