Luke 12:49-59 - "The Age of Fire"

    [49] “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! [50] I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! [51] Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. [52] For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. [53] They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

    [54] He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. [55] And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. [56] You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

    [57] “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? [58] As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. [59] I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

(Luke 12:49-59 ESV)


    [1] Woe is me! For I have become
        as when the summer fruit has been gathered,
        as when the grapes have been gleaned:
    there is no cluster to eat,
        no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
    [2] The godly has perished from the earth,
        and there is no one upright among mankind;
    they all lie in wait for blood,
        and each hunts the other with a net.
    [3] Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well;
        the prince and the judge ask for a bribe,
    and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;
        thus they weave it together.
    [4] The best of them is like a brier,
        the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
    The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come;
        now their confusion is at hand.
    [5] Put no trust in a neighbor;
        have no confidence in a friend;
    guard the doors of your mouth
        from her who lies in your arms;
    [6] for the son treats the father with contempt,
        the daughter rises up against her mother,
    the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
        a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
    [7] But as for me, I will look to the LORD;
        I will wait for the God of my salvation;
        my God will hear me.
    
    [8] Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
        when I fall, I shall rise;
    when I sit in darkness,
        the LORD will be a light to me.
    [9] I will bear the indignation of the LORD
        because I have sinned against him,
    until he pleads my cause
        and executes judgment for me.
    He will bring me out to the light;
        I shall look upon his vindication.
    [10] Then my enemy will see,
        and shame will cover her who said to me,
        “Where is the LORD your God?”
    My eyes will look upon her;
        now she will be trampled down
        like the mire of the streets.
    
    [11] A day for the building of your walls!
        In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
    [12] In that day they will come to you,
        from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
    and from Egypt to the River,
        from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
    [13] But the earth will be desolate
        because of its inhabitants,
        for the fruit of their deeds.
    
    [14] Shepherd your people with your staff,
        the flock of your inheritance,
    who dwell alone in a forest
        in the midst of a garden land;
    let them graze in Bashan and Gilead
        as in the days of old.
    [15] As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
        I will show them marvelous things.
    [16] The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
    they shall lay their hands on their mouths;
        their ears shall be deaf;
    [17] they shall lick the dust like a serpent,
        like the crawling things of the earth;
    they shall come trembling out of their strongholds;
        they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God,
        and they shall be in fear of you.

(Micah 7:1-17 ESV)