A Tale of Two Cities

And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25

Abraham Lincoln quoted Mark 3:25 during a speech in 1858. He was basically saying, there is no compromise! You need to choose a side, freedom or slavery. Elijah said to the people, “How long will you waver between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21). We can either live as slaves to sin or live freely in Jesus. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). A Tale of Two Cities opening line reads, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” The Church is getting closer to the promises of God, but it isn’t going to happen without a battle. Israel is flourishing economically but are still struggling to find lasting peace with their neighbors. Peace deals have been drawn up such as the two-state solution. This is not part of God’s plan, since God promised Abraham all the land, and He also promised peace to Jerusalem. We hear talks of seven-year peace deals, which Daniel prophecies about (Daniel 9:27). It says, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week.” One day in this verse is considered one year, so one week would be seven years. Tribulation is said to begin when the Antichrist offers a faulty seven-year covenant with Israel for peace. Are we not in the last days?

Like Jerusalem, the body of Christ should not be divided. In Mark 3:25 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees about the fact that a kingdom that is at odds with one another will not be successful. You cannot do a work for the Lord and have odds with your brother or sister. We are warned to avoid people who create divisions and to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). This division also speaks to differences in sound doctrine (1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17). The Lord is really pressing about unity in the church lately. It’s not about just “getting along” but about truly being unified in the spirit through the bond of peace; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism (Ephesians 4:1-7). In Ezekiel 1:16-17 it speaks of the wheel in the middle of the wheel (Jesus). When the wheels went forward, none changed direction. We must be liked minded and moving in the same direction, under the direction of the same spirit (Jesus) with the same goal; in one accord (Romans 15:6).

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

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