Do not yield to him

Speaking of Luke 14, where Jesus said that if anyone comes to him and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be his disciple (14.26), it is perhaps not to dissimilar to what Moses said to the Israelites in the plains of Moab, where he delivered his farewell speech before the Israelites entered the land of Canaan.

Moses reminded the Israelites of so many things, and one of them was as follow, “If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him.” (Deu 13.6) It was then continued by an injunction to put them into death. Previously Moses spoke about false prophets, and it implies that even your own family could be a false prophet that he had warned before.

So, what Jesus said perhaps implies that he was claiming the same allegiance that was expected by the Jews to YHWH and YHWH only.


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