27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” — Matthew 10:27-31.
The Apostles are being sent out into a vicious, unbelieving world. What they had learned during the quiet time spent with Jesus, they are now directed to speak openly. Whatever they had privately heard from their Lord, they are to proclaim aloud. They are to speak up and speak out what they had learned from Jesus. The performance of the commission would agitate the enemies of Jesus and lead them to persecute and even kill the apostles. Jesus tells them not to fear such men who can only harm and kill the body but cannot touch their souls, their true selves. He tells them to fear God instead who can destroy both body and soul in hell.
Then Jesus assures them that God, the Father, is ever mindful of all His creation. He cares for the lowliest, cheapest, of birds, the sparrow. He knows when even one falls to the ground. He knows the number of hair on each one’s head! He really cares for them. He assures them that they are of much more value to God than sparrows. Therefore, they are not to fear even when God allows tribulations, persecutions, and deaths in their lives because, ultimately, their souls are safe with Him.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.