Jesus the Cause of Division
49 I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;53they 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.
Interpreting the Time
54 He also said to the crowds, When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, It is going to rain; and so it happens.55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, There will be scorching heat; and it happens.56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
23 Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.25I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed!26How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn backthose who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?27They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal.28Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord.29Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?