"do not !!… I… number all the hairs of every creature?''
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. A proverbial expression, showing the perfect knowledge God has, and the exquisite care he takes, in providence, of all his creatures, particularly men, and especially his dear children and faithful ministers; as not a sparrow, so not a single hair of a man's head falls to the ground without the knowledge, and will of God: a way of speaking sometimes used to signify, that not the least hurt or damage should befall a person; see 1 Samuel 14:45 But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die--he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies,
all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures.
Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith.
He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us,
in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves,
in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind.
The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ.
Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly,
that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution;
and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations.
With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial…
(Thanks Menino for this enlightening article! Very Good!) New World
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