God’s Word is like a sword: causing a natural variance as mankind is cut and pierced to the innermost; separating unto peace with God or unto disharmony amid the throes of the devil.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 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. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36 KJV)
If you have a red letter edition Bible you know by merely looking these verses are spoken by Jesus. These are powerful words Jesus spoke to the Jewish people warning them of the intensity of opposition and persecution they would face, even from their own family members. Yet today Jewish people who choose to believe in faith upon the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and have a personal relationship with God encounter much opposition from their own family. Jewish believers likely face expulsion from their earthly family and treated as dead while living upon this earth.
This is true upon the earth today, for Jewish and Gentiles alike. Hatred and opposition are growing and becoming more pronounced as time goes on towards Christ’s return and the start of the millennium. Not only is this persecution more evident out in the world among many various belief systems but it is also strong and proliferating in man’s own household.
Just as Jesus said: “For I 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…” The family is being torn apart today in many homes. Jesus said: “And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household…”
There are two explanations why spiritual opposition is occurring more readily in the home today:
One is that the Truth of God cuts or separates like a knife; exposing sin and error to the innermost. This is a natural occurring separation or cut designed by God to expose sin working to bring about peace and the goodness of a holy God into man’s heart.
Secondly, the devil always has an alternate or parallel scheme closely resembling Truth of God’s Word serving to divide man out of hatred and away from the things of God; both are wounds but lead to opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum. The god of this world strives to divide or separate man from God’s Truth leading ultimately to an eternal Hell; while God’s holy division gets to the heart of the issue and is designed to separate mankind unto God. This leads away from the wiles of the devil and unto an eternal home with God forever.
God’s Word says:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
God’s Word is powerful, always trumping the devil’s dark plans, according to God’s eternal purposes amid any persecution found upon this earth.