In this chapter David ascends the throne, but all of Israel is not yet united underneath his rule (just his home tribe of Judah, centered in Hebron). From this we see that: Even when the rightful king is on the throne (whether David or Jesus), this does not mean complete unity among believers in the present age, but we must strive for unity. We have a duty and privilege before us...to make sure we are on the right side, but also to winsomely invite as many as we can into this joy of following Christ in His kingdom, this doesn’t not mean complete unity but the key is to hold onto both truth and love at the same time...the challenge of Christian unity is before us today.
When a new leader takes a leadership position, not necessarily all people are united under him. When Julius Caesar defeated the Roman General Pompey in 46 BC in civil war and announced himself the dictator of the Republic, his rule was not without doubt. Eventually when he asked the Roman Senate to make him dictator for life they murdered him by stabbing him with knives, including his close friend Brutus, to whom he said “Kai Su Teknon?” “And you my child?” before collapsing and dying...I thank God I am not a political leader for that is a brutal position to be in, but I also thank God that we have a righteous king in Jesus, and our role is to follow him, no matter what, just like the tribe of Judah did...We must strive to be on the right side of the King, and yet to winsomely invite other into Christian unity with us!
In Prayer Today:
Thank God for both His truth which simultaneously divides and unites.