Iraq (Babylon) attacked Israel in the 6th century B.C. The prophet Jeremiah interpreted this as a punishment from God for the sins of the people. He warned them not to resist the enemy. They called him a traitor and defeatist. A group of leaders pressured the weak to allow them to kill Jeremiah. They threw him into an underground water tank. He was rescued by an official from Ethiopia (Cush). A black foreigner had more faith and compassion than Jeremiah's peers.
A HOUSEHOLD DIVIDED
Jesus Christ has been called "the prince of peace." Why does he say that he has come for "division"? One reason may be that too many people practice a passive religion. They express faith and go through the motions, but don't really commit themselves. Jesus calls for an active religion. Christianity is a revolution against the values of this world. Christians must be rebels. Jesus preaches a faith that must suit radicals. We will always be divided from those who want a "safe" faith.
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