Scripture: Matthew 10- Matthew 12
Observation: If there was ever any question as to whether following Jesus was easy, this passage reminds us that it isn’t. The Pharisees are mad. The Disciples get sent out with NOTHING. No coins, no bags, nothing. I don’t even leave the house without my purse! Jesus tells us to be as wise as serpents but as gentle as doves. Jesus tells us that people will hate us and throw us out! Already in 12:11 the Pharisees are planning to kill Jesus. But the one that stood out to me, as it normally does is starting in 10:34 with, “I came not to bring peace but a sword!” It has always seemed to be to go against everything Jesus stood for. But this time, reading it in context, I get it. Maybe Jesus said, “It would be nice if I came to a peaceful place. That peace would just magically happen. But it won’t. There will be trials. There will be bad times and war and swords. Times where your family won’t like what you’re doing, because you’re doing what I ask.” What Jesus is asking doesn’t always result in peace—for evil and free-will are fighting against us!
Application: Sometimes things aren’t as easy as I want. Sometimes people get mad at me. Sometimes there are people who don’t like what I have to say. But, if I keep loving Jesus. Keep doing his work. Keep loving and being different and living out his word, then I’ll be doing just what he asked. He warned me it wouldn’t be perfect. But he also promised to take my burdens. To love me. That he would take up a cross for me. In the end, following Jesus is worth it—even if its not always peaceful!
Prayer: Jesus—I give you my burdens. They are too great for me. But you can heal me and bear them all. Please remind me that although nothing is perfect, everything will be made good through you. Give me the courage and grace to continue on. In thy name I pray. Amen.
June 10-- Matthew 13-Matthew 15
June 11-- Matthew 16 - Matthew 18
June 12-- Matthew 19-Matthew 21
June 13-- Matthew 22-Matthew 24
June 14-- Matthew 25-Matthew 27
June 15-- Matthew 28