The disciples were awed by Jesus’ attitudes towards the Pharisees and the teachers. He did not mince words, and they wondered if they too would fall under his wrath. As they left the home, crowds pushed on them from all sides. One person was barely helped up before another was being stepped on. They were overwhelmed.
Jesus suddenly began speaking to the disciples, right there in the midst of all the chaos. He didn’t bring his wrath, but he did bring warning. He used the Pharisees and teachers of the law as examples of what not to be. They were to be true to their God, themselves, and not fear what anyone could do. But they knew. They knew what man could do for they had seen it. Other rabbi had crossed the Pharisees and had paid dearly for it.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that can do no more.”
And Jesus knew. Jesus knew what each man was up against and what they would face before they went to heaven. He warned them, but he also encouraged them as well. God knew each one of them so well. He loved them and cared for them. They didn’t have to fear God, but if they were going to fear offending man or God, they should fear offending God.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.