Post by TheFirebrand on Oct 14, 2013 7:46:34 GMT -6
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution.
Beelzebub - It is supposed that this idol was the same as Baalzebub the god fly, worshipped at Ekron, 2 Kings 1:2, etc., who had his name changed afterwards by the Jews to Baal zebul, the dung god, a title expressive of the utmost contempt.
Christ foretold troubles, not only so that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they would suffer and from whom.
Fear them not - A general direction to all the persecuted followers of Christ. Fear them not for they can make you suffer nothing worse than they have made Christ suffer; and under all trials he has promised the most ample support.
For there is nothing covered, etc. - God sees everything. This is consolation to the upright and dismay to the wicked. He will bring into judgment every work and every secret thing, whether good or bad, Ecclesiastes 12:14.