Luke 14: Hating Our Family?
Happy Easter! He is risen indeed.
Today, we are in Luke 14, and I feel like this is a pretty appropriate passage given the holiday.
Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
This is a very difficult teaching. Part of the issue is apparently a translation issue according to my Strong’s translation notes. Apparently this verb for hate is miseo which is derived from a word meaning detest but by extension means to love less. That does somewhat help, but it is still a very strong word, and most translations that I have seen still say the best word to use is hate. What are we supposed to do with that then?
If we are called to love our neighbors, then this really seems to be strange. We’re supposed to love while we’re simultaneously supposed to hate.
I wrote about this yesterday somewhat, and I think it applies today as well.
At other times, Jesus affirmed that human relationships are incredibly important. However, as a rhetorical device, He is demonstrating how much more important it is to follow Him. Clearly, the language here is metaphorical because most people do not have an opportunity to carry a literal cross. This passage is speaking about the commitment that we need to have. If anything is going to stand in the way of Jesus Christ, then it needs to go. Even if it is an otherwise good thing like family or friends, Jesus is saying that that needs to pale in comparison to our relationship with God.
Turning to the Easter then, it makes me think about how Jesus put aside everything to follow the will of His Father. He was entirely surrendered to the will of God, and He put everything else aside in order to accomplish what God had for Him to do. That is the attitude that ought to be in us as well.