#2141 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 10: 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless[a] as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
“Wise as Serpents”, “Pearls before swine”. These statements seem antithetical to the perceived image of Christian behavior in the public market place. “Turn the other cheek”, go the extra mile. That’s more like we want to appear to be. But in truth, the wolves “out there” are not so discriminating as you might think. They are equal opportunity destroyers. The Greek word phronimos means “practically wise”. That means an actual wisdom that is applicable right now, not just in some theoretical universe. We need to know and recognize through the intercession and intervention of the Holy Spirit when to speak and when to shut up. Remember these seldom referenced words from Matthew 10: 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,