Joshua 7-9; Luke 14

Luke 14:26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

A timely bit of Scripture on Father’s Day!

Once again, Jesus is using rabbinic hyperbole.  In a clan-structured society saying you have to hate your closest relatives gets everyone’s attention.  Jesus’ point here is that familial attachments can be obstacles to discipleship.  Many people can attest the greatest push-back they received after coming to Christ was family.  “You’ve changed” they were told, in a way that says it is not perceived as a good change.  Putting the Gospel first – before any earthly attachments, even family bonds – is a requirement for discipleship.

GOD’S ANSWER: Where your heart is, there your treasure lies also.

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