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dishonors his father, a daughter rises against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the members of his household.
“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 household.” Matt. 10:34-35 KJV
“A man’s enemies will be the members of his own family.”
It is possible to have peace and reconciliation between you and God but be at odds with your family members. Other versions of the Bible say, “a man’s enemies will be those of his household.” Christ makes the astounding statement that family will often be a person’s worst enemy. How is this possible? It is because within the members of one’s family are those who believe in God, who follow His teachings, find His words, who do not take the Bible lightly, and who TELL THE TRUTH.
And then some deal in lies and slander as a way to get through the difficulties of life. They either don’t believe in God, or only partially, they “pick and choose” what they want to find in the Bible and throw out the worn, painful parts, and they mainly want to live life on their terms instead of God’s. Or they are out and out atheists! They are not “born again of the spirit,” and they have absolutely no interest in the things that are of God. They follow Satan, not GOD.
Those who follow Christ always do so by staying in the “truth” of any matter. While those who do not twist the truth or deal in outright lies. When you have one person telling the truth in a family, and the other person is lying, there can be no real relationship between them. One is in the light, and the other is in the dark. And light and darkness have nothing in common. Not only that, but those who stay in the truth irritate those who do not. Those who follow Christ and remain become a “living irritation and rebuke” to those who would practice lying as a matter of course.
Reading through the story of Absalom, the son of King David, it would be easy to think that this is simply a sad story of a family gone wrong and to believe that it doesn’t have anything to do with you or me. We have problems in our families, too, but hopefully nothing like this! David’s son tried to STEAL the kingdom from his father. By being “nice” to the people, telling them what they wanted to hear, and making promises to help them, Absalom “stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (15:6) and led a rebellion against his father. The goal was power, prestige, and wealth.
God overruled what Absalom and those following him were trying to do. Absalom is killed in the end, and David is restored to his throne, where God had put him. David mourned the death of his son – so much that Joab, the commander of David’s army, told him that his behavior was a disgrace to his men, who had risked their lives to defend his honor and his reign. Honoring the troops is essential for any command-in-chief.
In returning to Jerusalem, David appealed to the tribe of Judah to accompany him back. After all, this was his “family,” the tribe from which he had come. But the rest of the tribes of Israel were jealous, not understanding God’s unique plans for the descendants of Judah, or perhaps just not accepting God’s plan. The Savior, the Messiah, would come from Judah (Genesis 49:10) and ultimately from David’s line. What God ordains to take place always comes to pass. But this rivalry between Judah and the rest of Israel was a taste of what would happen in the coming generations when the kingdom would be divided. All the tribes of Israel EXCEPT Judah would “disappear” … until they promised restoration that still lies in the future.
There are many things to be pointed out and learned from these chapters, but two of them stick out as applications for us today. First, note the contrast between David and Absalom. David was “a man after God’s own heart.” Through the Psalms David authored, we see David’s heart for God. Even after he had been anointed by Samuel to be the next King of Israel, David honored King Saul, the Lord’s anointed. While Saul was trying to kill David, David would not turn against Saul or harm him, even when he had the opportunity. David trusted in God and left the timing of his ascent to the throne in God’s hands. He would not strike the Lord’s anointed.
Not so with Absalom. His mind was on anything but God and His will. His mind was on earthly things. Absalom wanted the kingdom for his purposes and his advancement. Absalom might have been an excellent candidate to teach a course in college or grad school today: Politics 101. Win over the hearts of the people with promises, convince them you are there to help them, give them “justice,” and destroy your opponents any way you can gain popularity, power, influence, and wealth for yourself and those around you. It worked for Absalom – temporarily, and it seems to work for some today – temporarily. But as God dealt with Absalom and his end came upon him suddenly, so it will be for those today who seek unjust gain in the political realm. Those who oppose God may appear to have victory, but they stand on slippery ground.
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