49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? 57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
Jesus is clear – believing in him will challenge your relationships. He came to speak for the truth and the truth causes a division among people and so the natural outcome is happening.
Jesus however is somewhat perplexed in that the people can understand the signs of nature 1 Month Break Up Your Girlfriend Is Still Holding You Back but not the signs of the times. We need not simply t
o be able to tell the changes in nature, but even more so the signs of the times, the changes in attitude and behaviours so that we can help people navigate life well.
Father, help me to know what is happening in our world and bring Your wisdom to this around me.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta