Preaching the gospel of the Kingdom can be challenging, especially when you are addressing issues that hit close to one’s heart and convictions, nevertheless, misaligned with a Kingdom mindset. One of those ‘challenging’ topics over the years for me has been the family. Nothing seems to run deeper than the religious ties and bonds of family. And while most of those ties are soulish in nature, they must be challenged and confronted to break down every stronghold and every high thing that elevates itself above the knowledge and revelation of Yahweh.
I remember years ago being confounded by two distinct Scriptures that seemed to contradict one another. The first was Ephesians 1:10 which states,
“that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” Where I really got hung up was when I remembered that Yahshua stated emphatically in the gospel according to Matthew, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
As I’m pondering the apparent contradiction of these two passages, the Holy Spirit reminds me of a book I read that explained the concept of “merismos” found in Hebrews 4. You’ll remember this popular passage,
“12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
The idea is simple…for relationships which are joined improperly-not by the Spirit, the only real solution is to divide them into parts again, hence the sword of the Spirit and then realign them the way they were meant to be arranged according to Yahweh’s divine design. Masterful!!!
Now, this statement by Yahshua about His family makes perfect sense,
“46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You. 48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
Wow!!! I can almost feel the hair on the back of your neck bristling at the thought. But be reminded, these are the words of Yahshua Himself and the apostle Paul. Yahweh is not interested in violating His divine order and forfeiting His Son’s Kingdom expression in the earth so that insecure family members can escape offense. Yahshua said that the Kingdom suffers the violence of two opposing factions, and in my opinion, the most common battleground is the family.
There is nothing more beautiful and more powerful than a family that has been joined and jointed together in a bond of peace in the spirit of unity. Only the Holy Spirit can accomplish this…let’s give Him something to work with…a good and honest heart-free of petty insecurities.
* Passages taken from the New King James Translation by Thomas Nelson Publishing