Fearing God Alone

“…Simon perceived it, and immediately slew the five men that had gone to Titus, and took their commanders, and put them in prison… Yet could not that garrison resist those that were deserting; for although a great number of them were slain, yet were the deserters many more in number. They were all received by the Romans, because Titus himself grew negligent as to his former orders for killing them, and because the very soldiers grew weary of killing them, and because they hoped to get some money by sparing them; for they left only the populace, and sold the rest of the multitude, with their wives and children, and every one of them at a very low price, and that because such as were sold were very many, and the buyers were few: and although Titus had made proclamation beforehand, that no deserter should come alone by himself, that so they might bring out their families with them, yet did he receive such as these also. However, he set over them such as were to distinguish some from others, in order to see if any of them deserved to be punished. And indeed the number of those that were sold was immense; but of the populace above forty thousand were saved, whom Caesar let go whither every one of them pleased.”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 6, 8:2

Awesome! More than one million Jews were killed in that siege and more than another million killed during the war before, but Titus did manage to save forty thousand. I guess they really sent by God to save the Jews from their seditions as Josephus tells us.

“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell {sell you into slavery;}; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered {because they are being distinguished by people over them, literally, hehe;}. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows {oh, that’s reassuring;} .”

– Luke 12:4-7

These two passages have four main themes in common: “killing the body”, “being sold”, “low value/price”, “distinguish from above/knowing the number of hairs on your head”.  The deserters were afraid of coming over to the Romans because many who tried were killed by the rebels, but Jesus and Josephus both teach us that they should repent of their seditions and do it anyway and follow him, because it is the right thing to do.  And if you are one of the lucky ones that doesn’t get killed and gets sold into slavery, don’t worry, even if it is at a very low price you will certainly catch a better price for the seller than a few sparrows!  Very comforting words indeed.  And the very hairs of your head are all numbered, because God cares so much about you, that is why Titus set people OVER them to distinguish them from the others ;}.

“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

– Matthew 10:26-31

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