Bible: Luke 12:49-59
Not Peace, but Division
12:49 “I have come 1 to bring 2 fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 3 to undergo, 4 and how distressed I am until it is finished! 12:51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 5 12:52 For from now on 6 there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 7 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.”
Reading the Signs
12:54 Jesus 8 also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 9 you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 10 is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 11 blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 12 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 13 to interpret the present time?
Clear the Debts
12:57 “And 14 why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 15 make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 16 and the officer throw you into prison. 12:59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!” 17