Tuesday, 20 October 2020 – Serpents and Doves

Good morning Church family

Last week we learnt how Jesus is the Wisdom of God and this week I would like to continue on with that theme. So I thought I might share with you a verse in Matthew where Jesus gave His disciples instructions for the challenging road ahead. In Matthew 10:16, Jesus said ““Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” It’s quite a confronting verse, something you might not have thought Jesus might say, innocent as doves yes but shrewd at serpents. Shrewd means having or showing sharp powers of judgement, in other words have wisdom.

C.S. Lewis unpacks Jesus’ reasons behind saying such a thing? He says that Christ “wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” Mere Christianity p77.



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