Now the three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab and Abishai and Asahel. And Asahel was as fleet of foot as a wild gazelle. So Asahel pursued Abner, and in going he did not turn to the right hand or to the left from following Abner. Then Abner looked behind him and said, “Are you Asahel?” He answered, “I am.” And Abner said to him, “Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armor for yourself.” But Asahel would not turn aside from following him. - >2 Samuel 2:18-21
When Abner and his men knew they were not going to beat Joab and his men, they ran. However, Joab and his men were not done. They pursued the men of Israel. They should have all been one nation, but because of the pride of Abner, the nation was split and the children of God were fighting and killing each other.
Notice, Joab had two brothers fighting alongside him, Abishai and Asahel. Asahel was a very fast runner, so he pursued Joab. He was going to be the one to take down Abner, the commander of Israel’s army. Because of pride, he would not turn back, even when Abner warned him.
Reading how the children of God were not united, but were instead fighting one another—killing one another—makes me sad. The pride of men caused this great division in the nation. With so many enemies around them, they should have been united, but they were not.
This happens in the church too many times. We see Christian come against Christian. God has called us to be One Body, with no division. Remember that before you come against a brother or sister in the Lord.
Unity is the essence of the body of Christ.
~R. B. Kuiper~
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