Let’s talk about it. I have to come on with it. My interpretation of the word may differ than someone else, but I still have to say what I believe.
Difference causes division. We see it in these modern times even still. Black is divided from white. Woman is divided from man. Young is divided from old. Smart is divided from challenged. Straight is divided from gay. Rich is divided from poor. And so on…
There is a difference that isn’t really discussed. I can’t qualitatively signify a singular reason for this division’s exclusion from secular thought, but I can surmise.
Here’s the passage: (Luke 12:42-57) –Holy Spirit, speak to us!–
And the Lord said,
“Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find him so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, ‘My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, NAY; but rather division:”
(Then he went on to explain…)
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and (vice versa).
And he said also to the people,
“When ye see a cloud rise out of the West, straightway ye say, ‘There cometh a shower;’ and so it is. And when ye see the South wind blow, ye say, ‘There will be heat;’ and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?”
I can only speak for myself, but I will say it. I also will choose to live it – glory be to Jesus! I have been given much, and I am responsible for it. I judge for myself what is right, not so that I can disobey, but so that I can bring God glory by recognizing the absolute truth of His standard. His standard? What is that?
We all have a responsibility to decide what we will do with what understanding we have been given. Will we discern what is right and follow in that way regardless of the consequences? Even if the people we love the most can’t comprehend the level of our devotion, will we continue to love? Even if…
One more division that Jesus spoke about when he was accused of casting out demons in the name of Beelzebub:
Matthew 12:25 says, “And Jesus knew their thoughts and said unto them,
‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.'”
Could the combination of these two passages signify a call to righteousness, love, and unity in the body of Christ?
I believe, discerning the time, that if Christ rose from the dead, it wasn’t for his brothers and sisters to be corralled into a pen and made to eat the king’s meat and drink the king’s drink. It may be time for the remnant to stand and refuse to obey the will of it’s captor.