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 Introduction (1)
 Ezekiel 37:28 (2)
 Mark 4:2 (3)
 Mark 4:3 (4)
 Ezekiel 39:7 (5)
 Mark 4:9 (6)
 Ezekiel 39:8 (7)
 Mark 4:11 (8)
 Ezekiel 39:23 (9)
 Mark 4:15 (10)
 Ezekiel 39:25 (11)
 Deuteronomy 7:12 (12)
 Ezekiel 40:1 (13)
 Mark 4:23 (14)
 Mark 4:24 (15)
 Mark 4:26-27 (16)
 Mark 4:30 (17)
 Mark 4:31-32 (18)
 Mark 4:33 (19)
 Mark 5:2 (20)
 Mark 5:16-17 (21)
 Mark 5:19 (22)
 Mark 5:20 (23)
 Ezekiel 43:2 (24)
 Mark 5:21 (25)
 Deuteronomy 26:1 (26)
 Mark 5:28 (27)
 Mark 5:34 (28)
 Psalm 118:17-18 (29)
 Mark 5:35 (30)
 Mark 5:35 (31)
 Deuteronomy 26:11 (32)
 Ezekiel 44:2 (33)
 Ezekiel 44:8 (34)
 Mark 6:2b-3a (35)
 Deuteronomy 26:13 (36)
 Deuteronomy 26:14 (37)
 Deuteronomy 26:15 (38)
 Ezekiel 44:9 (39)
 Mark 6:6a (40)
 Deuteronomy 26:16 (41)
 Ezekiel 44:23 (42)
 Mark 6:7 (43)
 Deuteronomy 27:3 (44)
 Ezekiel 44:28 (45)
 Mark 6:11 (46)
 Deuteronomy 28:1 (47)
 Mark 6:12 (48)
 Deuteronomy 28:58-59 (49)
 Deuteronomy 29:15-16(17-18) (50)
 Mark 6:30 (51)
 Deuteronomy 30:11 (52)
 Mark 6:34 (53)
 Deuteronomy 30:20 (54)
 Mark 6:42 (55)
 Deuteronomy 31:6 (56)
 Mark 6:48 (57)
 Mark 6:56 (58)
 Deuteronomy 32:22 (59)
 Deuteronomy 32:39 (60)
 Isaiah 29:13-14 (61)
 Deuteronomy 31:6 (62)
 Mark 7:14 (63)
 Lamentations 1:1 (64)
 Lamentations 1:2 (65)
 Mark 7:37 (66)
 Mark 8:2 (67)
 Lamentations 2:14 (68)
 Lamentations 2:17 (69)
 Mark 8:11 (70)
 Lamentations 3:14 (71)
 Lamentations 3:24 (72)
 Lamentations 3:25 (73)
 Lamentations 3:31-32 (74)
 Lamentations 3:37-38 (75)
 Lamentations 3:39-40 (76)
 Mark 8:18 (77)
 Mark 8:21 (78)
 Lamentations 4:12 (79)
 Mark 8:29 (80)
 Lamentations 5:1 (81)
 Lamentations 5:7 (82)
 Lamentations 5:21 (83)
 Mark 8:36 (84)
 Mark 8:37 (85)
 Mark 8:38 (86)
 Jeremiah 1:5 (87)
 Jeremiah 1:12 (88)
 Jeremiah 1:17 (89)
 Jeremiah 1:19 (90)
 Jeremiah 2:13 (91)
 Jeremiah 2:19 (92)
 Mark 9:23 (93)
 Mark 9:24 (94)
 Jeremiah 2:28 (95)
 Mark 9:38 (96)
 Mark 9:39 (97)
 Mark 9:40 (98)
 Jeremiah 2:37 (99)
 Mark 9:42 (100)
 Mark 10:1 (101)
 Jeremiah 3:14-15 (102)
 Jeremiah 3:25 (103)
 Mark 10:11-12 (104)
 Jeremiah 4:1a (105)
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 Jeremiah 4:10 (107)
 Mark 10:20 (108)
 Jeremiah 4:14 (109)
 Jeremiah 4:18 (110)
 Mark 10:24b-25 (111)
 Jeremiah 4:19 (112)
 Mark 10:27 (113)
 Mark 10:28 (114)
 Jeremiah 5:1 (115)
 Mark 10:52 (116)
 Jeremiah 5:4 (117)
 Mark 11:3 (118)
 Mark 11:13 (119)
 Jeremiah 5:30-31 (120)
 Mark 11:22 (121)
 Jeremiah 6:10 (122)
 Jeremiah 6:11 (123)
 Jeremiah 6:14 (124)
 Mark 11:28 (125)
 Jeremiah 6:16 (126)
 Jeremiah 6:17 (127)
 Mark 12:7 (128)
 Jeremiah 6:27 (129)
 Mark 12:12 (130)
 Jeremiah 7:2 (131)
 Jeremiah 7:13 (132)
 Jeremiah 7:16 (133)
 Mark 12:24 (134)
 Mark 12:27 (135)
 Jeremiah 7:22 (136)
 Jeremiah 7:23 (137)
 Mark 12:28 (138)
 Jeremiah 8:8 (139)
 Jeremiah 8:11 (140)
 Mark 12:35 (141)
 Jeremiah 8:13 (142)
 Habbakuk 3:17-18 (143)
 Mark 12:38 (144)
 Jeremiah 8:22 (145)
 Mark 13:1 (146)
 Mark 13:2 (147)
 Jeremiah 9:7a (148)
 Mark 13:5-6 (149)
 Jeremiah 9:12 (150)
 Jeremiah 9:17-18 (151)
 Jeremiah 9:23-24 (152)
 Mark 13:21 (153)
 Mark 13:22 (154)
 Mark 13:23 (155)
 Jeremiah 10:2 (156)
 Jeremiah 10:6 (157)
 Jeremiah 10:7 (158)
 Mark 13:28 (159)
 Mark 13:33 (160)
 Jeremiah 10:18 (161)
 Mark 13:37 (162)
 Jeremiah 10:21 (163)
 Jeremiah 10:23 (164)
 Jeremiah 11:6 (165)
 Jeremiah 11:8 (166)
 Jeremiah 10:6 (167)
 Jeremiah 10:12 (168)
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 Jeremiah 12:3a (170)
 Jeremiah 12:4 (171)
 Jeremiah 12:6 (172)
 Jeremiah 12:7 (173)
 Jeremiah 12:10 (174)
 Mark 14:25 (175)
 Jeremiah 13:1-2 (176)
 Jeremiah 13:3-5 (177)
 Jeremiah 13:6-7 (178)
 Jeremiah 13:8 (179)
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 Mark 14:38 (182)
 Jeremiah 13:20 (183)
 Exodus 25:2 (184)
 Exodus 25:8 (185)
 Jeremiah 14:7 (186)
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 2 Kings 25:30 (188)
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 Mark 14:66-67 (193)
 Mark 14:68 (194)
 Mark 14:69-70 (195)
 Mark 14:70-71 (196)
 Exodus 30:15 (197)
 Exodus 31:18 (198)
 Mark 15:5 (199)
 Jeremiah 15:19-20 (200)
 Mark 15:15 (201)
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 Jeremiah 17:4 (205)
 Jeremiah 17:7 (206)
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 Jeremiah 17:27 (209)
 Luke 1:3-4 (210)
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 Jeremiah 18:7-8 (212)
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 Jeremiah 19:1-2 (214)
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 Luke 1:39 (216)
 Luke 1:45 (217)
 Jeremiah 21:1-2 (218)
 Luke 1:50 (219)
 Luke 1:51 (220)
 Luke 1:52 (221)
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 Luke 1:55 (224)
 Luke 1:68 (225)
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 Luke 1:71 (228)
 Luke 1:72 (229)
 Luke 1:73 (230)
 Luke 1:74 (231)
 Luke 1:75 (232)
 Luke 1:76-77 (233)
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 Jeremiah 23:5 (235)
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 Luke 2:8-9 (238)
 Jeremiah 23:14 (239)
 Jeremiah 23:18 (240)
 Luke 2:29 (241)
 Luke 2:29 (242)
 Luke 2:30 (243)
 Luke 2:31 (244)
 Luke 2:32 (245)
 Jeremiah 23:23-24 (246)
 Jeremiah 23:29 (247)
 Luke 3:1-2 (248)
 Jeremiah 24:1-2 (249)
 Jeremiah 25:30-31 (250)
 Luke 4:6 (251)
 Jeremiah 25:32 (252)
 Luke 4:8 (253)
 Jeremiah 26:2 (254)
 Jeremiah 26:7 (255)
 Luke 4:12 (256)
 Luke 4:14-15 (257)
 Luke 4:22 (258)
 Jeremiah 28:2 (259)
 Luke 4:31-32 (260)
 Jeremiah 29:4 (261)
 Luke 4:40 (262)
 Jeremiah 29:7 (263)
 Luke 4:43 (264)
 2 Corinthians 4:2 (265)
 Jeremiah 29:13 (266)
 Luke 5:5 (267)
 Jeremiah 30:2 (268)
 Luke 5:20 (269)
 Luke 5:22 (270)
 Luke 5:28 (271)
 Luke 5:29 (272)
 Jeremiah 30:18 (273)
 Jeremiah 30:19 (274)
 Jeremiah 30:20 (275)
 Jeremiah 30:21 (276)
 Jeremiah 30:22 (277)
 Luke 6:12 (278)
 Jeremiah 30:24 (279)
 Luke 6:19 (280)
 Jeremiah 31:2 (281)
 Jeremiah 31:28 (282)
 Jeremiah 31:31 (283)
 Luke 6:20 (284)
 Luke 6:21a (285)
 Luke 6:21b (286)
 Luke 6:22 (287)
 Luke 6:23 (288)
 Jeremiah 31:35 (289)
 Jeremiah 31:36 (290)
 Jeremiah 31:37 (291)
 Luke 6:37 (292)
 Luke 6:38 (293)
 Jeremiah 32:24 (294)
 Luke 6:46 (295)
 Jeremiah 33:8 (296)
 Jeremiah 33:10-11 (297)
 Jeremiah 33:12-13 (298)
 Luke 7:6 (299)
 Luke 7:7 (300)
 Luke 7:8 (301)
 Jeremiah 33:14 (302)
 Jeremiah 33:15 (303)
 Jeremiah 33:16 (304)
 Luke 7:16-17 (305)
 Jeremiah 34:1 (306)
 Luke 7:22 (307)
 Luke 7:24 (308)
 Jeremiah 34:12 (309)
 Luke 7:29-30 (310)
 Jeremiah 36:3 (311)
 Luke 8:10 (312)
 Jeremiah 37:19 (313)
 Luke 8:11 (314)
 Luke 8:21 (315)
 Luke 8:39 (316)
 Luke 8:50 (317)
 Jeremiah 42:11 (318)
 Luke 9:6 (319)
 Jeremiah 42:20 (320)
 Jeremiah 43:2 (321)
 Luke 9:11 (322)
 Jeremiah 46:28 (323)
 Luke 9:37 (324)
 Jeremiah 47:6-7 (325)
 Jeremiah 48:10a (326)
 Luke 9:49a (327)
 Luke 9:49b (328)
 Luke 9:50 (329)
 Luke 9:51 (330)
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 Luke 9:61-62 (333)
 Luke 10:1 (334)
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 Luke 10:20 (337)
 Jeremiah 51:5 (338)
 Luke 10:23 (339)
 Luke 10:24 (340)
 Luke 11:1 (341)
 Isaiah 1:2 (342)
 Luke 11:2 (343)
 Isaiah 1:4 (344)
 Isaiah 1:15 (345)
 Luke 11:17 (346)
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 Luke 11:23 (351)
 Isaiah 2:2 (352)
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 Isaiah 2:6 (355)
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 Luke 11:27-28 (358)
 Isaiah 2:12 (359)
 Luke 11:29 (360)
 Luke 11:30 (361)
 Luke 11:31 (362)
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 Luke 11:33 (364)
 Luke 11:37 (365)
 Luke 11:42 (366)
 Luke 11:53-54 (367)
 Luke 13:24 (368)
 Isaiah 5:1 (369)
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 Isaiah 5:7 (371)
 Isaiah 5:13 (372)
 Luke 12:2-3 (373)
 Isaiah 5:18-19 (374)
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 Isaiah 5:22-23 (377)
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 Luke 12:4 (380)
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 Isaiah 7:13 (385)
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 Luke 12:25 (392)
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 Isaiah 9:12 (405)
 Luke 12:44 (406)
 Isaiah 9:17 (407)
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 Isaiah 10:13-34 (409)
 Luke 12:52-53 (410)

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Luke 12:52-53

Luke 12:52-53 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.

We see growing division among families these days, often ending in divorce, children in care, and children being estranged from the parents. What is going on? What brings about this splintering and breaking of the very fabric of families: tearing society and kinship groups apart, one of the foundational pillars of human-kind?

Is it the gospel itself? Is it Jesus that causes these breakdowns? In the vast majority of cases, no. Most divisions occur among people who do not follow Jesus and so are not a part of the kingdom of God. The question of the gospel is irrelevant. These splits and divisions are part of the enemy's general strategy to destroy mankind as a whole as a means of frustrating the work of God. In some cases, splits happen because people who are at least nominally part of the kingdom have received no or inadequate teaching on the subject of relationships and in the absence of appropriate counselling and support simply follow the way of the world. In a few cases, the gospel - the differences between those who follow Jesus and those who don't - is a significant factor.

We must expect opposition to the gospel, people - particular people we know well or who have known us for a long time - disagreeing with our faith decisions or practices. But we should not go looking for trouble and meeting it halfway by provoking splits or assuming that disagreements are based soley on our practice or new-found belief. Our witness of the hope we have in Jesus should always be consistent with Paul's admonition to the Romans:

Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

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