Matthew 10:34

How does one explain this verse? It is really confusing to me. :shrug:

Matthew 10:34 RSV "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Theophylact says it wonderfully…

Harmony is not always a good thing, while separation sometimes is. The sword, then, is the word of faith which severs our bond to our families and relatives when they hinder our piety towards God. For He does not tell us simply to separate ourselves from them, but only when they will not come with us, and especially when they hinder us in our faith.

Jesus word is the truth.

Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he himself will tread out in the wine press the wine of the fury and wrath of God the almighty. (Rev 19:15)

I find both of the above answers to be quite helpful. Thanks guys! :slight_smile:

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