Did You Know? Edition Three

1. Matthew 10: 34-36 is often used incorrectly especially by followers of Islam and secularists. Read:

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

Jesus is NOT saying to be aggressive. However, he is revealing that preaching the Gospel will result in strained relationships with not only whom you witness to but the family as well. Not just refusal to listen or believe, but actual martyrdom. Believe me; this is true!

2. Luke 22: 50-51 When Peter uses a sword and cuts off the ear of Malchus, Jesus exclaimed to stop, and there should be no more violence! Jesus then healed the flesh wound, the only time that Scripture refers to such a miracle. And a note to make on this scripture is that Jesus healed the enemy’s ear. Read:

50 And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

Powerful indeed!

Remember to carry the sword of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Did You Know? Edition Two

Matthew 18: 21-22 “21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Seventy times seven is 490 if you do the calculation. However, that is not what the scripture means in context. It is a typical graphic usage saying that the Jews used to state “Thou shall not ever hold a grudge,” as true repentance involved a total turning from sin.

It is often written of people tearing their clothes in the Bible, and I have to admit I found it amusing in a sense, however, the reason they did so was not in anger as I thought it was but it was a traditional way of displaying mourning or repentance.

Matthew 7: 6 (NASB) 6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” In Proverbs 26:11 it is written that swine and dogs were thought of as unclean animals and had no recognition of valuable items. This verse might mean that we should give to those who want what you have to offer.

Matthew 10: 37 “37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” In Judaism it is a high honor to love the members of their family. Jesus hammers his message and with great clarity that you must have the greatest love for God himself over everything else.

God Bless

Brian Mason