Michael Brown on How Jesus Divides and Unites Families: And Prayers for Kanye and Kim

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West (Reuters)

The words are striking and unexpected. Did Jesus, the Prince of Peace, really say this? As recorded in Matthew, the Lord said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34).

Not peace, but a sword? What exactly did He mean?

Jesus continued, “For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s foes will be those of his own household'” (Matt. 10:35-36).

So, the Messiah was not talking about a literal sword, but rather, a figurative sword. A sword of division. A sword that separated families, as one member would follow Him and another would renounce Him.

But these words did not originate with Jesus.

Rather, He was quoting from the Old Testament prophet Micah, who wrote, “Do not trust in a companion, do not rely on a friend; from her who lies in your embrace, guard the doors of your mouth. For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—the enemies of a man are members of his own household” (Micah 7:5-6).

Interestingly, in the foundational document of rabbinic Judaism, called the Mishnah, Micah’s words are quoted again, also with reference to the times of the Messiah.

The text states, “In the footsteps of the Messiah [meaning, in the days immediately before he is revealed] insolence will increase and the cost of living will go up greatly; the vine will yield its fruit, but wine will be expensive; the government will turn to heresy, and there will be no one to rebuke; the meeting-place [of scholars] will be used for licentiousness; … the wisdom of the learned will rot, fearers of sin will be despised, and the truth will be lacking; youths will put old men to shame, the old will stand up in the presence of the young, ‘For son spurns father, daughter rises up against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law a man’s own household are his enemies'” (Sotah 9:15, my emphasis).

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SOURCE: Charisma News