Matthew 10:16-21, Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 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. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
Isaiah 53:6-7, All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
In Matthew chapter 10, we find our Lord giving His disciples authority to go, a mandate, and He clearly warned them that they would face opposition from family, friends, and foes. Thus, for the follower of Christ, opposition or persecution should never take us by surprise, shock us, or cause us to lose our “sheep-like” nature.
We aren’t to behave like wolves, but like sheep. It is good for us to keep in mind that our Lord Jesus was not just a SPOTLESS LAMB, but, when persecuted, He was a SILENT LAMB, and so should we be!