8.19 Predicting the Signs of Time

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Jul 21 8.19 I have come to bring fire on the earth, how I wish it were already ignited. I have a baptism1 which burdens me until it is over. Do you think I came to bring peace to earth? No, rather division.2 From now a family of five will be divided, three against two, two against three, parents against children, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Jesus said to the crowd, “When you see a cloud rise in the west you predict rain and it rains. When the south wind blows, you predict a hot day and its hot. Hypocrites! You predict the weather, but why cant you predict the times3 or judge righteously? As you go with your enemy to court, try to settle4 it before you arrive there, lest you end up in prison. Then your release would only come after you have paid every last coin.”