Uniting Brothers And Sisters
Debates over what to do with Civil War Monuments. Just mentioning this conflict can begin an intense argument even between brothers. It’s proof that the events of April 12, 1861- May 9, 1865, and the forces that divided brothers then and almost led to the division of our country, still packs a punch.
In the 8thcentury BC, the prophet Hosea faced a people where a divided nation was more than a possibility. It was reality. In fact, during the reign of King Ahaz in Judah the Northern Kingdom under King Pekah did invade south and tried to seize Jerusalem and remove Ahaz from his throne. It’s called the Syro-Ephraimite War (736 BC-732 BC), a hot war where Israelite fought Israelite. Yet in his writings, Hosea records his vision of a new day.
He saw a time when all twelve tribes would be united, like the time of David and Solomon, and he used this prediction of future unity to challenge his brothers and sisters to show tender family compassion toward one another in the angry, violent days they faced.
“And the children of Judah and the children of Israel will gather together and they will appoint for themselves one head and they will rise up out of the land, for great will be the Day of Jezreel. Say to your brothers, My People and to your sisters, My Compassioned Ones!” Hosea 1:11-2:1
We’re still waiting for the day when the Jewish people will unite under a new David, the Messiah, but the New Testament claims that this Son of David has already come. He came to pay for our sins and to conquer death, and to give both Jews and Gentiles an opportunity to freely choose to trust Him. He will come again as Hosea predicted, but until then I need to be careful not to allow debates over monuments, political parties, or anything else to attack my family commitment to brothers and sisters in Christ.
LORD, my New York feistiness quickly takes over and I can go on the attack in an argument. Help me today to demonstrate family solidarity with all my brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus. Keep using Truth Encounter to unite believers across race, nationality, or any other human divisions.
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