Why the Sword ??

Matthew 10:34-40 
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Why many would ask would Jesus purpose to come and divide a family, household, or nation?

As we look back at the beginning of ten he called twelve, which means their families were so to speak not included. The disciples where hand picked we know fro the the 4th chapter of Matthew therefore they had the potential of duplication concerning the spirit of God. 

The disciples family members may not have confessed during the time of the disciples conversion, not to mention they were all Jews, which means the disciples had work to do in their homes letting their lights shine.

Other thoughts to contemplate are how much mental and effectual energy it takes to give to Gods discipleship. Many scriptures along with these we have read in Matthew require us to give all of ourselves to God and His work. Hence there is a need to show extraordinary diligence concerning Gods will regarding our families. It is not that the disciples divorced, but the pressure of change due the application of the SWORD would put pressure on the seed of the family members to duplicate.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

So while we stand looking at the cross it is another thing to take courage and accept what we’ve all come into the world to do. We were created for transformation which is what the cross experience gives. Our families being a sacrifice can be painful, because Christ is the head of our lives when we confess the sinner prayer, which also means Christ comes before husband, wife, children, parents, and other relatives. We can never know the cost or reward of the Great Commission until we take that leap of faith into the unknown.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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