The King’s Sword

Matthew 10
32″Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

34“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

What shall we unite with and from what shall we separate?

CHOOSE

Do not remain lukewarm! (Rev 3:16)

Your very life depends on it.

CHOOSE

Unity that is not based on truth – the word of God (Jn 17:17)
– is false. What communion does truth have with error?
The wheat and tares grow in the same field (Mt 13:38) but shall they inter marry or cross pollinate?

Love, yes, God is love, love one another (1 Jn 4) — also love truth (2 Thess 2:10), the sword of the Spirit, the word of God (Eph 6:17)!

Separation from evil is necessary to have unity with truth!

It is the King’s sword that discerns and separates good and evil (1 Ki 3:24, Heb 4:12) … that executes judgement (Ps 149:6)

Jesus is the way, truth, life (Jn 14:6)

CHOOSE

Matthew 10
37″Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

40″He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives
the one who sent me. 41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous
man’s reward. 42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

Psalm 40:11
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.

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People of the LORD will have high praises in their mouth AND a double edged sword in their hands –Ps 149:6

Love truth — Jesus & His word — stand for truth, fight for truth!!

For —
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all. –Isa 7:9

By standing firm you will gain life. –Lk 21:19

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Hebrews 5:12-14
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is , those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The King’s sword, the word of God is a basic tool of discernment.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two– edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

How mature are you? How much have you used the King’s sword to judge? To discern good from evil?

1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in Him.

1 John 2:3-5
We know that we have come to know Him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

Karen wrote:
It is the King’s sword that discerns and separates good and evil (1 Ki
3:24, Heb 4:12) … that executes judgement (Ps 149:6)

Solomon: the Discerning King who called for the King’s sword to discern and separate good from evil. (1 Ki 3:24)

Solomon, when he took the throne at about age 20, was asked by God, “Ask what you wish Me to give you”. Solomon considered and responded, “Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1Ki 3:9)

God’s response was that He was pleased with Solomon’s unselfish request. God told Solomon, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life…riches…or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice…behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart.” (1Kings 3:11-13)

2 Chronicles 1:10 refers to this discernment as “knowledge and wisdom”. — knowledge of God’s Word, and wisdom to apply it.

Proverbs 2:1-5
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Discernment is not free or automatic and does not come without
‘practice’. It comes with the cost of having to ask, to search the
scriptures, to cry out with your soul to the Lord for it, to move from
drinking the milk of the word to eating meat.

There is another cost to acquiring discernment. It costs us our “freedom” to sin. To get discernment means to leave behind the practice of evil — to walk in the paths of righteousness. Consider the next few verses and the cost at which discernment comes.

Proverbs 2:6-15, 20-22
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who delight in doing evil and rejoice in the perversity of evil; whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways…

So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land and the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

Another cost of discernment is enduring the separation of the good from the evil.

Discernment like the King’s sword divides.

It may lead to painful division in relationships — turning
‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ –Mt
10:35-36

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