When there are divisive issues in the church it can cause the body of Christ to become weak. Separate factions are not as strong as a church unified under the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ. The church becomes more vulnerable to attacks when divisions seek to fight battles on their own without the rest of the church. We get a powerful picture of what a unified church looks like in 1 Chronicles 12:23-40.
In this passage, David is bringing together the kingdom under his rule in Israel. The different factions of Israel are coming together to make him king. Verse 23 tells us: “Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.” Verses 24-36 gives us the numbers of men from the various divisions. Alone, each division has a large number of men for fighting — some with more than 100,000, others with far less. By themselves, each division has experienced fighters who are very capable of fiercely defending their cause. But no division by itself could match the number of fighting men unified under David.
When I totaled up the number of warriors listed in this passage who unified under David’s rule, it equaled 340,800. That is almost three times more than the total of any single division. As a unified army under one king, Israel became a formidable force against any enemy seeking to do them harm — seeking to overthrow them. It is a lesson for us as a church — a vivid picture of the contrast between separate divisions going their own way or as a unified force for Christ Jesus.
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All these, being men of war who could draw up in battle formation, came to Hebron with a perfect heart to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king …There was joy indeed in Israel. – 1 Chronicles 12:38 & 40