📅 Divided we fall – Daily Bible Reading

June 25, 2022

Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 20:1

Divided we fall

We read in 2 Samuel 20:1:

1 And there happened to be there a rebel, whose name was Sheba the son of Bichri, a Benjamite. And he blew a trumpet, and said:

“We have no share in David,
Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse;
Every man to his tents, O Israel!”

After defeating Absalom, David was once again confronted with a civil war. It seems that over and over again, there will be division in David’s kingdom.

At this time, it was Sheba who led a rebellion against David. Sheba capitalized on how the northern tribes felt they were treated unfairly since the king comes from Judah.

However, we can see here that the true reason Sheba wanted to revolt against David was he wanted to become a man of authority as well. It wasn’t because he wanted to help the northern tribes to regain a position of prominence. Because if that’s what he wanted, he could have chosen a different approach.

The lesson here is clear: men naturally don’t want anyone ruling over them. That’s why, human beings don’t just like other people treating them as subordinates, but they also don’t like to be under God’s authority.

As a result, division happens among men. It also happens in God’s church. He happens everywhere — in our family, community, and country. Thus, we have different groups and factions at odds and at war with each other.

We can see in history that men accomplish more when they are united for the right purpose. As much as possible, seek to be at peace with your fellow. Division should be avoided at all costs.

May we endeavor and seek to fulfill Christ’s prayer:

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:21

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