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Division / Disunity


DIVISION / DISUNITY

When we look at the history of the world, whenever there was disunity and fighting within a nation, it ended up in division and enormous loss of resources and lives. Both parties become weak, and they could face challenges from outside enemies as well. Israel was strong when they were faithful to God and united among themselves. They could invade the strong Canaanites and occupy Canaan under the leadership of Joshua.

After the reign of Solomon, when division happened in Israel, they became weak. Both Northern and Southern Israel ended up in exile by the Assyrians and Babylonians.

Unity and teamwork are essential for any nation to survive. As with a nation, there must be unity and team spirit in the family. The first family disunity happened, according to the Bible, with the jealousy of Cain against his brother Abel ending up in the martyrdom of Abel and the deportation of Cain. “Cain then left the LORD’s presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden” (Gen 4:16).

When Abram and Lot returned to Canaan from Egypt, “the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not live together” (Gen 13:6). “There were quarrels between the herders of Abram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock” (Gen 13: 7). Abram avoided potential conflict between their families and found an amicable solution. “So Abram said to Lot: ‘Let there be no strife between you and me, or between your herders and my herders, for we are kindred. Is not the whole land available? Please separate from me. If you prefer the left, I will go to the right; if you prefer the right, I will go to the left’” (Gen 13:8-9). “Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain and set out eastward. Thus they separated from each other” (Gen 13:11).

According to Jesus, since all demons are united like a family under Beelzebul, they would not have conflicting action among themselves. So, Beelzebul would not collaborate with an outsider like Jesus to drive out a demon from a demoniac.

 


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