Friday, September 20, 2013

Luke 12:4,7

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that can do no more. (NIV)
And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.(NKJV)
Dear friends, don’t be afraid of these who want to murder you. They can only kill the body; they have no power over your souls. (TLB)
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot afterward do anything worse.(GNT)

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!(GNT)
And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.(The Message)
God knows how many hairs you have on your head. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many small birds.(NLV)

Fear is the same Greek word as used for Afraid.

After dinner with the Pharisees and teachers of the law, Jesus speaks to his followers while a crowd listens.

Matthew Henry -
- be not afraid, do not disquiet yourselves with tormenting fears of the power and rage of men.
- Those can do Christ's disciples no real harm, and therefore ought not to be dreaded, who can but kill the body' for they only send that to its rest, and the soul to its joy, the sooner.
- A firm belief of the doctrine of God's universal providence, and the extent of it, will be satisfying to us when at any time we are in peril, and will encourage us to trust God in the way of duty.

John Gill -
- though he would have them beware of the Pharisees, he would not have them be afraid of them' he would have them know them and avoid their hypocrisy, and guard against it' but not fear them.
- for if the hairs of their heads are as much regarded as sparrows, their persons and their lives must be of more account

Adam Clarke -
- want of faith in the providence and goodness of God is the source of all human inquietudes and fears. He has undertaken to save and defend those to the uttermost who trust in him. His wisdom cannot be surprised, his power cannot be forced, his love cannot forget itself. Man distrusts God, and fears that he is forgotten by him, because he judges God by himself, and he knows that he is apt to forget his maker.

David Guzik -
- we shouldn't fear our persecutors, but have a healthy respect of God that makes us more concerned with obeying Him than any man.
- Those who are persecuted are tempted to give into the feeling that they are worthless and no one cares for them. But someone does care about you, a loving God in heaven.

IVP -
- Even though people are practically crawling over one another to get to Jesus, the disciples should not be fooled by current popularity.
- Jesus is saying the desire to impress can lead to a double life.
- What it all comes down to is a choice of allegiance.