“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.
‘Father will be divided against son
and son against father;
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother;
and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’ ”
Jesus quotes from Micah 7:6 as a description of the division between world-held beliefs and Biblically based beliefs. With His coming the division between the creation and the Creator deepens and widens. Jesus provides a way back to unity and peace with God; a way that is despised by the enemy of creation.
Fire spreads and fire consumes. Fire gives light and warmth and fire destroys. Opposites? Yet the same agent. Peace on earth? Or division? Peace comes with unity in Christ and reuniting with the Creator. That peace brings division between those who accept, believe and follow and those who choose not to. Opposites? And yet same agent. The suffering to be endured to enable the peace and fire was looked forward to because it was driven by love for the creation; mankind. The result of that suffering, unites giving peace and ignites a fire that gives light and warmth; yet also a fire that consumes and destroys the self within us that would divide and destroy the creation.
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called — his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.