The Word of God – By Father Andrew Bahhi
A lot of times we try to find other ways around trouble. But the difference is God. If He is not in our life, unfortunately we would get lost. It would be very hard to know the right way to heaven. I pray all of us can have God in our heart, and Jesus as a savior in our life. Our life is too short, and the trouble in life is a lot, and without Him we cannot gain safety to His eternal home.
Last week, the reading from the Bible was the book of Matthew.
The Savior was sending the disciples two by two. “Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
People struggle with this verse a lot.
Now, we know the sword is a weapon. So why is Jesus speaking about bringing the sword and not peace? Meanwhile we learn in the Bible, when Jesus was born, the Angels said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
And then again, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, as they should be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
The Word of God
So, when Jesus says He did not bring peace but instead a sword, he was not speaking about a physical sword, but another symbolic meaning. Christians who follow Christ will face a lot of difficulties, and the word of God will be a sword to distinguish between good things and bad things. It is the difficulties the believers face, and they need a sword to decide in their spiritual warfare against the devil by faith and the word of God.
As Paul says in Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
So, Jesus was telling us to take the word of God as your sword, by helping people to grow up in their faith. The word sword of the Bible means the word of God, and the difficulties we face as Christians.
Faith will become a sharp edge to cut between the old life and the new life; between the righteous life and sinful life; between life that we follow Christ and the life where we don’t follow Him.
I pray that all of us realize that Jesus throughout the Bible – from the beginning, the prophecies and through the end of the Bible – He never ever he gives an order for anyone to be killed. Rather he came to help the needy, heal the sick people, preach for repentance, and to call everybody to repent and to accept Christ and be saved.
Learn more in Father Andrew’s sermon video here.
May 21, 2023