Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39


There’s some loveliness to the passage… this idea of God loving and holding dear every tiny sparrow, and every hair on each person’s head.

But then–

“I have not come to bring Peace, but a sword. 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 one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;…” Let’s just say there’s a reason we didn’t hear this one on Father’s Day!

I love a good wrestle with Scripture and that’s what we get. Perhaps it seems contrary, but I believe the space where we really have an opportunity to grow, to change, and to root ourselves deeper in the idea that love is the focus and not the sword is in these passages that call us to challenge what we see at first glance.

Let’s peel away the layers and find the pearl at the center in the universal human search for meaning, purpose, and identity.