Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;
36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Yahshua tells us that He did not come to bring peace, but to bring a sword. Is not the Word of God referred to as a sword?
“For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’” (Vs 35, 36)
I don’t know about everyone else, but I have experience this first hand. My own family was so indoctrinated with false doctrine that when I told them the truth, they not only refused to hear it, but refused to have anything to do with me because of it. The truth angered them because it contradicted their belief system and made their sin apparent.
Did I make enemies of my own Family? Well, I didn’t make friends of them by speaking to them of their sin. It caused quite a stir. So much so, that I was the brunt of rumors, among my relatives for quite a while, about How I had become a Jesus freak.
How did that affect me? I wore it proudly knowing that I had suffered persecution from my own family for the Name sake of Christ Yahshua. I could do without them, but I could not do without my savior, and that seemed to be the choice. I chose Yahshua!
My Sister who was 2 years older than me got very angry with me because I had reminded her of when she got up and walked down the isle at church when she was a teenager and gave her life to Christ.
She had gotten involved in Wiccan (Witchcraft) or something of that nature. I asked her, what happen to that commitment to Christ? She wouldn’t answer me, but just got angry with me. I told her that there are only two kinds of people on the earth, the living and the dead. And somehow, she interpreted that as if I thought she was dead to me.
I’m speaking spirit, and she’s speaking flesh. She ended our phone conversation by hanging up on me, and began to tell everyone in the Family to not have anything to do with me until I apologized.
What kind of person would that make me if I apologized for doing what Christ had called me to do?
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Vs 37)
I love my family, but given a choice between them and my Savior, My Savior will come first in all things.
Yahshua was the same way, when His mother came looking for Him while he was teaching, He said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50)
Here is the very definition of Crossing over, and that’s what the name “Hebrew” means, this one who has crossed over. Crossed over what, we might ask? The bridge between heaven and earth, moving from what is flesh, or of the world, to what is spirit, or of the kingdom.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Vs 38, 39)
We are going to be crucified before this life is over, I am beginning to see that now, but what is waiting on the other side is more glorious than we can imagine, and we will spend more time in eternity than we could possibly imagine compared to the short wisp of time we have in this world.
So let us consider this life as training for dwelling in eternity with Yahshua and the Father.
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12, 13)
Shalom my friends,