Peace Or A Sword?

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Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Matthew 10:34-36

Jesus and His parables, gotta’ love Him! He was being encouraged to take Jerusalem, and even rebuked Peter for not wanting Him to give His life, even calling him satan. People were following Jesus in droves, naturally, the leaders feared He could raise an army against Rome.

The religious, were not all on the up and up, and corrupt officials, wouldn’t mind seeing Him killed, why they sought Judas. They had already tried to kill Him and He was  able to elude them in the Spirit.

Now, angels had filled the night sky and were singing peace on earth. The Prince of Peace prophesied by Isaiah was here and now preaching, working miracles healing and raising the dead and now He says He is not bringing peace but a sword, Huh?

He has just sent out the disciples to speak peace to the homes they visited, and this is just before telling them they are not greater than their Master. But what is He talking about? The sword is His word. Let’s read.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

I have to admit I never saw the division in the family until I really pursued Him. A lot of people had just ignored me, I was often treated as a child even knowing a lot of spiritual truths. the work I did was not ” real work “, I was hurt, but kept on going not seeing the enemies, I am sorry to say, in my closest proximity. I suppose a lot of people may not.

It was not like I was a Muslim who just became a Christian. I was not with the Yakuza, I saw a minister a former member still on their hit list. I never expected to be shunned like I had left the Amish, but I was to an extent. God protected me from seeing a lot of this, just because your family is a believing one, does not mean everyone is going to agree on Jesus.

What people then and now fail to grasp is that His kingdom is not of this world. He will rule as the Prince of Peace, Revelation 19:14 describes again the sword. In the future He will rule with a rod of iron, a sword, it reminds me of the proverb that a rod is for a fool’s back.

Jesus us not beating us into submission, He wants those willing to believe and serve, who long to know His peace of John 14:27, which is not the world’s. He took the beating and wrath of God for us, why would we remain foolish? The wicked will have to go to hell, is it worth it? Hanging on so tight to a sinful and self righteous life, rather than submitting to the will of a Lord who loves you.

The enemy has long copied God, and he is real division, long division in fact if your separation from God is eternal and unending damnation. Jesus made sure people who were not willing to understand, would either have to be born again and study to get it or they never would, and those that received, for them, the sword of peace.

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