Beware! The Greek translation for beware is the same as our English—take heed, be on guard against. Time to listen to Jesus!
Beware is a stronger word than the previous words or phrases Jesus has used to introduce a new subject. He has used introductions to tell you to pay attention, to perk up, and to wake up: (just in case you were napping during His sermon). This new topic He introduces calls for more than your attention. It calls for caution.
This new principle is easy to fall prey to if you are not on your guard. Actually this one is a perfect descriptive of the great deceiver—the devil himself!
In John 8:44 (KJV), Jesus says to the Scribes and Pharisees, “Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
If you stay with Jesus for the next five verses He’ll give truth that will … once again … set you free!
Messiah, Help me to beware of Your teachings, and not be deceived. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants us to beware of His teachings—I will!