Yahuwshua, A Violent Man?

A ‘controversial’ statement made by Yahuwshua in the bible:

Matthew 10

32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my` Father which is in heaven.

33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Before giving my interpretation [according to wht i’ve learnt in Hebrew], i will give some other quotes which i deem relevant.

Matthew 13

18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

24Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

34All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

36Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

We must remember in our technological times that Yahuwshua did not live the way we do. When he talks of a ‘sword’ he is not talking of a knife, or one of those long swords which are used in sword fights. So what could he have been talking about i hear you scream…

Basically, if you read here about the Ancient Hebrew pictograms, you’ll see that the letter zayin is the picture of an agricultural tool. This tool in the ancient days was used during harvest as a plough.

A plough [according to wikipedia] is

  • A sharp blade used in farming for the initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting.
  • It makes furrows in the soil which allows for the depositing of seeds
  • It has been a basic instrument for most of recorded history, and represents one of the major advances in agriculture.
  • The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds and the remains of previous crops, allowing them to break down. It also aerates the soil, and allows it to hold moisture better.

Back to the quote, Yahuwshua is describing four types of people

  1. Those who hear the truth but just cannot understand it [so the word [seed] falls by the wayside and is taken by the enemy]
  2. People who are completely uninterested in hearing the truth which are comparable with those who hear it but with no joy. The word [seed] clearly isn’t penetrating them as if it did it would grow, they woild be interested and they would be joyous. Instead, when troubles come, they fall deeper into unbelief.
  3. Others are just completely sinful, perhaps evil or just with many iniquities and so the word has very little chance of penetrating their hard shell.
  4. Lastly there are those who understand the word in its truth. It is incorporated into their life and a significant part of them.

So whats the solution that Yahuwshua provides for these people who clearly are  ‘getting it’? Well he was/is/will always be the provider of a plough [sword] which will help those people who have tares [badness, sin etc] affecting their wheat [goodness, etc]. I believe he [according to the definition of ploughing] cultivates the soil or should i say the Earth [hey nice ‘coincidence’] for preparation to plant the seed [word]. The ploughed earth means that fresh nutrients are brought to the surface which encourages the seed to take root, and the weeds and what not are buried underneath.

There is more that could be said but i’ll leave that for another post. Going back to the original point of this post, Yahuwshua was not condoning violence. The sword he talks of must be a plough.

He came not to bring peace but to bring a sword.

Peace is Shalom i.e. restoration of good health, vitality, joy, completeness, and welfare etc, pretty much all the things that he brought when he was on this Earth, but this is not ALL he came for.

Since the New Testament is written in Greek i don’t know for sure what word was used for sword, but Hebrew dictionaries have the word

Lastly heres another quote

Isaiah 2:

4. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Micah 4:

3. And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.

This is the opposite of:

Joel 3:

10. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”

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