2nd Saturday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 28:1–9, Luke 12:49–56, John 14:27–31

There is something quite jarring in Jeremiah’s response to Hananiah. Did you catch it? Only when actually comes true will a prophet who prophesied be considered a true prophet. If you war, famine, pestilence, , it’s all good. What?

Think about that for a moment. The implication of Jeremiah’s s is pretty huge. It could be ed a “duh” moment. In other s, it really doesn’t take much to (and be accurate) that there will be conflict and natural disasters. That pretty much comes with the territory of a fallen world.

Yet, there was an that the Messiah would bring . Jesus’ s in Luke put that to the question. Not , but a s? It sounds so very warlike. If we think about it, most worldly is “won” through blood and . So, if Jesus is bringing a s, then what kind of war is it, now?

The Word of is a two-edged s. It is not just a symbol of war, but it is also a symbol of cutting.

Separating the followers in only from those who follow from their s. In other s, it is not a “” of we’ll all get along, but a that separates the ways of the world from the ways of the Kingdom of .

When Jesus says that he will , but not as the world s , we should be grateful. The world’s can be torn asunder very quickly, and often only with a spark. ’s passes all understanding.

1) Jeremiah’s s about prophets are disening, but they should also be encouraging? Why do you think that is?

2) We often cling to the image as Jesus as the Prince of Peace, yet the S of Truth would seem to be contrary to that. How do you work that out in your mind and ? How would you explain that to someone else?

3) How have you seen the Peace of come into your life?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.