“Analysis of Matthew Chapter 10 verses 26-33,” by Andrew. J. Schatkin
My dear men and women of faith in Christ and non-Christians and Christians alike, I bid and ask you to join with me in another adventure of intellectual discovery where those who may wish to engage in critical thinking and do not engage in and accept media lies falsehoods and political code words and hype can join in the effort to gain truth and facts amid the barrage of corruption and virtual darkness we are confronted with and befuddled and made effective fools of. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know and grasp intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join with m in this voyage of intellectual discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in this world of confusion and do come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.
I propose today to seek to interpret, analyze and explain in my own somewhat inadequate human fashion the meaning and import and my own limited human understanding of the words and message of Jesus found in the gospel of Matthew chapter ten vv. 26-33 as follows: “So have no fear of them for nothing is covered that will not be revealed or hidden that will now be known. What I tell you in the dark utter in the light and what you hear whispered proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered; you are therefore of more value than many sparrows so everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before our father who is in heaven but whoever denies me before men I also will deny before my father who is in heaven.”
My fellow believers and non-believers, I propose to understand this passage which has many ideas and thoughts and messages from the son of god the eternal and true god Jesus Christ. It is not clear what Jesus means when he says to have no fear. Is it fear of evil and satanic forces in the world, or does he mean of others even the preaching of Jesus and his disciples? Either is possible; but this is followed by the more important verses that the truth of the gospel will be revealed and cannot be covered or hidden even though the forces of evil in the world may try and attempt to do so. Jesus then follows this with a similar saying telling and commands the disciples and if you will all Christians to say his words told to them in the dark in the light and that what they now hear whispered they should proclaim on the house tops. Jesus’s message here is that this message cannot be covered or hidden and though told the present moment in the dark they should not hesitate to proclaim publicly in the light of the world and what is presently is whispered they should proclaim upon the housetops. The words and analogies are darkness and light and the duty of evangelism and preaching and proclamation to bring light to a world in darkness. He then says fear those who can kill body and soul meaning the attack on the spirit and soul by the forces of evil and Satan He means here to direct where our concerns should not with physical attack and death but on attacks by satanic forces of evil on our souls and minds. Jesus then says here that god treasures and sets value even on the sparrows and numbers the hairs on our heads, so great is the value of all humanity to him. He tells us how great our value is to god, so much greater than the sparrows and that they fall to the ground and if even the fall of the sparrow does not occur without god and his knowledge and his will, so much greater is our value. Jesus ends this many faceted passage with a warning a grim and troubling warning that if we acknowledge Jesus before men he will acknowledge us before the father who is in heaven and that whoever denies him before men, he will deny that person or persons before the father who is in heaven. He tells us here in no uncertain terms and words what can happen should we deny him with the statement and implication of our being excluded from the joy and love of eternal life with the father in heaven and being cast into hell.
This ends my interpretation and understanding of this multifaceted passage and I hope and trust I have shed some light on what Jesus is driving at here in my own, as I stated, limited human fashion, and I urge you all Christians and non-Christians alike to return to and read reread the biblical text. We cannot all of us grasp the depth and meaning of Jesus’s words sufficiently.