The Kingdom is Dividing

We read in 2 Samuel 19:39–43 that when David and his troops crossed the Jordan and arrived at Gilgal where they were met by a throng of citizens from both Judah (the southern two tribes) and Israel (the northern twelve tribes). Israel was upset that the Judeans claimed David as one of their own to the exclusion of the other tribes (2 Samuel 19: 41).

When the Judeans replied that David was part of their own flesh (2 Samuel 19: 42), the Israelite counter-response was that there were 10 tribes of them and therefore their claim was much more weighty. Besides, they said, they had been the first to insist that David return to rule over the nation (2 Samuel 19:43).

This argument reveals the fickleness of the people who had first acquiesced in, if not actively supported, the rebellion of Absalom and now clamored to be first to welcome David back. But it also indicates the depth of the schism which was developing between Israel and Judah, a rift which eventually produced two separate kingdoms.

By | 2018-11-25T16:50:11-05:00 November 27th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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