The Rise of the King - 2 Samuel

After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahin′o-am of Jezreel, and Ab′igail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David brought up his men who were with him, every one with his household; and they dwelt in the towns of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. When they told David, “It was the men of Ja′besh-gil′ead who buried Saul,” David sent messengers to the men of Ja′besh-gil′ead, and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord, and buried him! Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you! And I will do good to you because you have done this thing. Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.” Now Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-bo′sheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahana′im; and he made him king over Gilead and the Ash′urites and Jezreel and E′phraim and Benjamin and all Israel. Ish-bo′sheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
— 2 Samuel 2:1

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.