Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
Matthew 10:16 - 25
ESV - 16 Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues.
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In the context of Jesus' words, even the best defense that human thought can devise is subject to error, omission, and contradiction. Rather than expending time, concern, and resources in preparing such a fallible defense (especially since those assets could more productively -- from God's perspective -- be devoted to serving Him and others), Jesus was telling His followers that God would provide them with the most effective possible words for them to use in their own defense (to the point that He Himself would actually be speaking through them), with no advance preparation needed. This promise was intended to relieve the apostles and disciples of that burden of concern, as well as to increase their faith in God's care for them.
I humbly submit that Jesus was referencing a righteous person who is brought before an immoral corrupted court system on falsehoods. Where the verdict has been rendered prior to any prosecutorial evidence being presented by the prosecutor in that ligation. (Habakkuk 1:4) DISCERNMENT: The trait of judging wisely and objectively. Basically knowing when to stand defending oneself and when to be obedient to the Holy Spirit by remaining silent and not employing your natural worldly defenses. BOTTOM LINE Jesus discerned and knew the outcome of HIS later show trial before the SANHEDRIN. (Matthew 26: 56-59) And then before PILATE. (Matthew 27:19) Also that the corrupt chief priests and elders would persuade the simple minded who would be shouting "CRUCIFY HIM" (Matthew 27:20) He choose and then employed the greater weapon of spiritual silence against all these worldly falsehoods. (Matthew 27:14; Mark 15:5) Our brothers and sisters would go to the lions silently in ROME as mere entertainment for the simple minded of that age. Later a civil European society would legality enforce the extermination of our Jewish branch. A current age example is the morally innocent dragged before any worldly corrupted legal system in the “you are GUILTY show” trials what we see before our eyes. Where being charged alone means you’re GUILTY. “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” ~Lavrentiy Beria head secret police under Stalin In the Lord's freedom and discernment..warrior on
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