8.3.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 179. Division.

“For I came to turn a man against his father, and a daughter agains her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law and A PERSON’S ENEMIES will be the members of his household.” – Matthew 10:35-36

Quite a statement here from Jesus.

Many Jewish people believed the Messiah’s arrival would immediately bring a new age of peace and prosperity to Israel. Jesus, though, never taught this. Instead, He warned that His arrival on earth would bring a new era of division between Israelites. Later, belief in Him would become a dividing line between Gentiles, as well. In the prior verse, He referred to the effect of His ministry as bringing a “sword.” The specific Greek term He used is the same as found in Hebrews 4:12: a reference to a razor-sharp blade used to trim meat.

He now tells His disciples He has come to set fathers and sons against each other. The same will be true for mothers and daughters, as well as mothers-in-law and their daughters-in-law. Those who do not believe in Jesus will turn on those in their families who do (1 Peter 4:3–4; John 15:18–21).

This language would have been very familiar to Israelites who had grown up hearing the Old Testament Scriptures. Micah wrote about a time in Israel’s history, under the rule of King Ahaz, when Israelites distrusted and turned on each other, even those in their own families (Micah 7:6). Jesus now reveals that the same will happen again in response to the coming of the Messiah, Himself. This may have begun during Jesus’ ministry on earth, but it took root and expanded after His death, resurrection, and return to heaven.

Great explanation here to keep this verse in context.

Does the Gospel create division in your relationships?


  1. Peggy F on August 3, 2021 at 7:23 am

    this is a real tough word!! We all , I am sure, have stories of family members ,and others, stating things, and rejecting our testimony of all Jesus did and does in our lives. I know I do, even my mother, my aunts, …….religion is a stronghold….I will never stop praying for ” household salvation”….
    Acts 16:30,31 ” And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, ” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” !!!!!

  2. Diane Johnson on August 3, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Yes Sometimes my Family doesn’t have the Hope or Faith I do, even though I am a sinner and Pray for God’s Mercy and Grace. I pray that they come to realize they Need God in their lives as well. I’d rather believe God is near and get to heaven than not believe and go elsewhere.

  3. Lisa R on August 3, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Same here! Yesterday on Saturday devotional I asked for prayer and backing of army of angels to stand up to my daughter who runs over me! She withheld our grandkids from Cam’s Mom for almost 1 year, so it is my fear to approach her right now bc I think more may be at play than I realize! Praying for strength and to follow counselors advice- not to limit the size of God. So I will Pray. Not confront. Although it cannot ruin my other relationships by her behavior. Standing on God’s promises and His Word and will take the necessary steps if it presents. God- willing this , by prayer , God will intervene in! ❤️🙏🙏

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