Once again if you read the whole chapter you would get a better picture of what Jesus is telling those that will listen.
However the verse you refer to
Matthew 10:34 KJV
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Jesus is saying that if we become his disciples we will separate ourselves from the rest of the world, if they do not become his disciples as well. At the end of the day following Jesus is part of our service to God our creator and Father of Jesus.
The verse is better understood if you take it in context of verses 32 to 42 which have quoted from the Message Bible.
Matthew 10:32-42 MSG
32 "Stand up for me against world opinion and I'll stand up for you before my Father in heaven.
33 If you turn tail and run, do you think I'll cover for you?
34 "Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut--
35 make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law--cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God.
36 Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies.
37 If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.
38 "If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me.
39 If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.
40 "We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me.
41 Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small.
42 Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing."
New testament in context.
· 9 years ago