Jesus Came to Bring the Sword?
Please explain Matthew Chapter 10:34-36.
Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man "against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household" (Matt 10:34-36).
Context is everything.
Many Jews believed that immediately following the Messiah would be a great era of peace. Thus, many of who believed Jesus to be the Messiah would have expected that great era of peace to arrive very soon. Jesus was warning that being his follower was not going to be easy and that the messianic peace would not be as previously thought. Being faithful to the gospel would cause divisions within society and within people's families.
While it is true that following Christ brings peace, but this provokes opposition, and that opposition to Christ brings hatred, division, and discord.