"Behold the goodness and severity of God" (Romans 11:22). 34–39) the focus is upon the absolute priority of one’s relationship to Jesus (note the personal pronouns “I,” “me,” and “my”).The tone of the section is set by Jesus’ startling announcement that the purpose of his coming was not to bring peace, but a sword.The words are … But His point is that His truth is sword and thus by bringing truth among the unrighteous He will divide them, simply because the unrighteous will react against His truth by using the sword. And a manâs foes are they of his household, those, that is, with whom he before lived as intimates. A bold and dramatic climax. To bring peace, evil must be defeated. George Leo Haydock (1774-1849). Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. More keenly, perhaps, than any other American writer, has Hawthorne seen into the human heart, and he somewhere remarks that the human face never is so beautiful as when the soul has passed through some great struggle; when it has triumphed in this unseen battlefield, and there is a divine irradiation of the countenance, such as Jacob’s face must have had, when, after that night of wrestling with the angel, the morning light, breaking over the mountains of Gilead, revealed in his features the celestial halo that crowned them. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Matthew 10:34". Peace is spoken of in Scripture in three ways: (1) "Peace with God" Romans 5:1 this is the work of Christ into which the individual enters by faith; Ephesians 2:14-17; Romans 5:1. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". for him.'". A sword. All moral beauty is secondary. Matthew 10:34. ἦλθον βαλεῖν] The telic style of expression is not only rhetorical, indicating that the result is unavoidable, but what Jesus expresses is a purpose,—not the final design of His coming, but an intermediate purpose,—in seeing clearly presented to His view the reciprocally hostile excitement as a necessary transition, which He therefore, in keeping with His destiny as Messiah, must be sent first of all to bring forth. They are severed by the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/matthew-10.html. American Tract Society. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/matthew-10.html. History demonstrates that Jesus never wielded a sword against anyone, and in Matt. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". What results from this conflict, heroically maintained? Linnaeus and Humboldt have found, on icebergs, in far-off forests and on Alpine peaks, flowers that had no fragrance; but to which, when care, skill, and patience had been lavished on them a secondary nature was given, so that to-day, under wintry skies, we have them in our conservatories, sweet, as well as fair. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". John 14:27. Why it might naturally be supposed that Christ did come for the express purpose of sending peace on earth. last the Bath Kol came forth, and spake thus; 'The words, both of the one party and "Before the Bath Kol [in Jabneh] went forth, it was lawful equally to Think not that I am come to send peace, etc. I have already had occasion to remark, ( Matthew 10:12;), that the word שלום shalom, rendered by the Greeks ειρηνη, was used among the Hebrews to express all possible blessings, temporal and spiritual; but especially the former. BibliographyAlford, Henry. tidings of peace, could not be expiated by a less vengeance. understood truly of the difference between believers and unbelievers by reason of the Rather, it is the living Gospel; a flaming sword, which refines and purifies the intentions and lives of all who embrace it with faith. The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, that is, the Church against the Synagogue, which according to the flesh, brought forth Christ the spouse of the Church. Think not, as you naturally might. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a Matthew 16:28 Some refer these things to the going up — six days after, or, as Luke says, Luke 9:28 eight days — of the three disciples into the high mountain with Jesus apart; and those who adopt this interpretation say that Peter and the remaining two did not taste of death before they saw the Son of man coming in His own kingdom … 1. 2. “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Compare Matthew 10:6, and Matthew 15:24. sword. 1832. according to the decrees of the school of Hillel.' Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. I BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. To these may be added those fearful 1685. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. spears.". And as each man has his will within him, there are thus five in one house. 1, pp. Yet the persecutions and distresses which often follow, are never the proper effects of the gospel, but always the effect of men’s opposition to it. Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels, Collected out of the Works of the Fathers: St. Matthew. Matthew 10:7 "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand." that rage of your nation towards the destruction of one another, and those monsters of 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps  and went to meet the bridegroom. The only sword that Christ or his followers use in the conflict is the Sword of the Spirit, but the persecutor has in every age turned upon them the carnal sword. Matthew 10:34. 34,35. 34. He has come in order to bring truth. The ‘peace on earth’ of which the angels sang (Luke 2:14) is not earthly peace, but God’s peace among God’s chosen ones. 'the Sanhedrim'] shall wander from city to city, and shall not obtain pity; the wisdom of 17 # Mk 13.9–11; Lk 12.11–12; 21.12–15 Watch out, for there will be those who will arrest you and take you to court, and they will whip you in the synagogues. ), I. However even there that could only be achieved by first smiting the earth and slaying the wicked (Isaiah 11:4). II. No one else but Someone Who was unique could claim that they had come for such a purpose, for He is not talking about a local situation but a worldwide situation. 1874-1909. "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (as they are vulgarly computed), and you will wonder to observe the nation conspiring to 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. There is probably an allusion to His own sufferings and death, more fully brought out in Matthew 10:38. The scholars of Shammai stood below, and slew some of the scholars of Hillel. I come... but a sword. Matthew 5:17).— ἦλθον βαλεῖν: the use of the infinitive to express aim is common in Matt., but Christ has here in view result rather than purpose, which are not carefully distinguished in Scripture. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". "Scofield Reference Notes on Matthew 10:34". They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Hence, to preach the gospel of purity and peace always arouses the opposition of the evil doer. It comes from conflict and victory. Matthew 10:34 New Living Translation (NLT) 34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! He rejects Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism because of their unworthiness (3:7-10), and attempts to reject … 34. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". outrages, spoils, murders, devastations of robbers, cut-throats, zealots, and amazing The enemies saw him, and kicked against him: when he saw himself in danger, 'By your "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". Each principle will rally its own adherents and its own army under its own banner, and terrible will he the struggle until right or wrong, heaven or hell, attain the victory. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. BibliographyLightfoot, John. Symbolic of great struggle. And again; "R. Judah saith, In that "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". 3. This world is to the saints as the sea called Pacific, than the which there is nothing more troublesome and tumultuous; or as the Straits of Magellan, where, which way soever a man bend his course, he shall be sure to have the wind against him. So what Jesus is now saying conflicts with their ideas. Tarphon's being in danger by robbers, because in some things he followed the custom and Ver. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. - The meaning of this difficult passage will be plain, when we consider the import of the word peace, and the expectation of the Jews. Not only would justice prevail among the poor and the meek (Isaiah 11:1-4; compare Matthew 5:3; Matthew 5:5), but even nature would be at harmony with itself (Isaiah 11:5-9). 1983-1999. And secondly, the blood of the prophets and of Christ, bringing the good Cf. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/matthew-10.html. I came not to send peace, but a sword (ουκ ηλτον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν ouk ēlthon balein eirēnēn alla machairan). I came not to send peace, but a sword. If you were describing the personality of Jesus to someone, what adjectives would you use? "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". Problem: Here Jesus affirms, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” However, elsewhere He is called “the prince of peace” (Isa. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/matthew-10.html. Dr. Morison gives the picture thus: “All are on tiptoe of expectation. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.” "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". Jesus said to his Apostles: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. Matthew 10:34. μὴ νομίσητε, do not imagine, as you are very likely to do (cf. And from thenceforth, whosoever shall It is a claim to uniqueness. 1897. Renewal 1960. 2013. the controversies between the scholars of Hillel and the scholars of Shammai." of the school of Hillel.'" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/matthew-10.html. Also, the entire history of the Church, and the life of every individual Christian. A.). "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. (1841). When we read in Commentators, e.g. vengeance, what ever did? BibliographyGill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". Matthew 10:34. 18 For my sake you will be brought to … phylacteries, according to the rite of the school of Shammai, and I was in danger of 2. This latter is Christ’s legacy, and the saints are sure of it. themselves, such as no other age ever saw, nor story heard. It is no namby-pamby sentimentalism that Christ preaches, no peace at any price. He was revealed ‘that He might destroy the works of the devil’ (1 John 3:8); the inevitable result of His coming into a world lying under the wicked one, is strife. They [Think not that I am come to send peace, &c.] Although these words may be transgress the decrees of the school of Hillel is guilty of death.". This is wanting in the Jerusalem Misna. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". "The Bible Study New Testament". Matthew 10:34. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.Â For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;Â and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.”. the history of these forty years, from the death of Christ to the destruction of Jerusalem See also on Luke 12:49; (note). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/matthew-10.html. From Matthew Henry's Commentary. Shammai: which I almost suspect, from the affinity of the word Shammatha, which Matthew 25 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) The Parable of the Ten Virgins. that generation shall be like the faces of dogs; and truth shall fail, &c. Run over (Matthew 10:24-39) In Matthew 10, Jesus lays down some very specific and alarming warnings and instructions for His rag-tag band of followers. (C. Lankester, B. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Throughout the rest of Scripture, the kingdom is called “the kingdom of … And this affinity of the good for the good, and of evil for the evil, will produce a division, a ferment, a strife, a sword. I came, not to send peace, but a sword. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/matthew-10.html. Acknowledge the Divine vengeance in thy madness, more than that which befell thee from (Vol. Simon the Canaanite--rather "Kananite," but better still, "the Zealot," as he is … The whole foregoing discourse, by its announcements and consolations, implies that dread experiences are in store for the apostles of the faith. Ben Garon, to visit him: that was a woeful day, like the day wherein the golden calf was 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the … 34 'Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword.. 35 For I have come to set son against father, daughter against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law;. Matthew was assuming that his readers were already familiar with the Christian story and the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion. The whole foregoing discourse, by its announcements and consolations, implies that dread experiences are in store for the apostles of the faith. 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