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In Matthew 15:11, Jesus was responding to the Pharisees who said: "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." - Matthew 15:2 ESV Jesus replied: He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? - Matthew 15:3 ESV Jesus was telling the ...


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The answer to your question is hinted at in the scriptural verses prior to Matthew 10:34 (1-33) and in a tiny fragment from the NT that is the oldest part of the NT ever found. Matthew 10:1-33 These twelve Jesus sent forth... preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand... I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves... they will scourge you in ...


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The sword is an important symbol in Christian imagery, and does not always symbolize war and violence. In fact, the sword is a definitive symbol of the word of God. In the context of the passage you cite, history teaches us that the word of God is a source of discord among men. Consider these passages from the New Testament: (Hebrews 4:12 NASB) For the ...


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Why did Christ say he came as a sword? Matthew 10:32-35 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but ...


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First, there is the argument from the ancient languages of Aramaic and Greek and how the words were used: First it is important to note that the Bible does not say that these "brothers and sisters" of Jesus were children of Mary. Second, the word for brother (or sister), adelphos (adelpha) in Greek, denotes a brother or sister, or near kinsman. ...


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The link you quote (which I will also link to here) explains the view of Catholics on this passage in some detail. The article explains how they interpret the passage, and gives examples of other places where 'brother' does not imply coming from the same womb. If it was a normal usage of the time, then there is no reason why people of Jesus' hometown would ...


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Psalm 78 is cross-referenced by Matthew 13:35 (in my study Bible). My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their ...


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There is no known contemporary record of this event which, as others have noted, is surprising as Matthew 27:52-53 says there were many corpses and they walked all the way into Jerusalem and were seen by many. The one reference that can make sense of this is Ezekiel 37:12, which is thought to have inspired this passage: Ezekiel 37:12: Therefore prophesy ...


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If you look at the pattern in Matthew 5:20-44, Jesus is not telling us not to resist evil. Quite the opposite. Jesus responds in one of two ways to the old laws. He uses a direct command to in effect disobey the old law as in "Swear not at all" 5:33-34, and "Love your enemies.." 5:43-44. But,as in the case of 5:38-39, he first adds a "that" which I read not ...



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