Jesus sent out the disciples for their first mission journey (10:5) with instructions about its shape and difficulties. In 10:8 he described the effect that their mission would have on others. They would cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. In verses 16-23 Jesus made clear that those who would not receive the disciples would persecute them. For these difficult circumstances, Jesus gave the disciples five reassurances: 1. God would be with them as they made their witness; 2. The Son of Man would come before they preached to every town, so they could flee a town if persecution came; 3. Those who are members of the Father’s family will be brought to salvation, even when other families betray each other to death; 4. Since the Son of God, their teacher and master, would be persecuted, they were not to hope to avoid persecution; And, 5. They were to fear only the one who can bless and damn. Enemies of the Gospel can persecute believers only within limits set by our heavenly Father. Because He is in charge of our lives, we need not be afraid of those who oppose us because we confess Christ.