United we stand, divided we fall – Judges 20

“So all the Israelites were completely united, and they gathered together to attack the town.”

In this chapter, after hearing from the Levite whose concubine was murdered, all the Israelites came in complete unity to attack Gibeah. Since the tribe of Benjamin wouldn’t hand over the evildoers from Gibeah, but instead all of Benjamin came to defend them, Israel had no choice but to attack the whole tribe. They asked the Lord which tribe should go first, and He responded with Judah. So they went to attack, but were defeated the first two days of the battle, losing 40,000 men. After each day they wept before the Lord, seeking direction from God as to whether they should continue to attack them, because they were losing. But God told them after the second day that He would hand them over to them the third day. So this time, Benjamin was ambushed and defeated, and almost a whole tribe was wiped out, leaving only 600 men who escaped to the rock of Rimmon.

The Israelites faced a situation they had never faced before, dealing with a rebellious brother, who had done the worst sin Israel had ever faced since coming out of Egypt. The only way they were going to defeat them is if all of Israel were completely united as one man. The Levite challenged them to make their decision here and now, and the response was remarkable. Despite losing 40,000 men, they still decided to seek God about what to do and went on with the battle in unity- no one gave up the fight even though they were losing it. So because of this, God gave Benjamin to them and defeated them, purging Israel from the sin. Just as Israel was united and won the victory, the church today needs to be united if we are going to see victory after victory. The early church was united the same way and saw souls added daily, then multiplied- remember, united we stand, divided we fall. So stay in unity and don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together.

“Father, thank You for the church and the power You have made available to us in Christ. I pray as Jesus prayed- that we would be one as You and the Son are One. May we abide in You and You in us, that we may walk in the victory You have ordained for us, seeing souls added and multiplied to Your church, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*John 17; Acts 2:1-4,42-47; Heb 10:24-25

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