Bible Verse of the Day 15th September 2022 | Thursday Bible Reading | Matthew 12:25-26
Bible Verse of the Day 15th September 2022, Thursday
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE: And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? – Matthew 12:25-26
Bible Verse of the Day 15th September 2022 MESSAGE
On June 16, 1858, as the newly nominated Republican candidate for the US Senate from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “House Divided” speech, which highlighted the tensions between various factions in America regarding slavery. It caused a stir among Lincoln’s friends and foes.
Lincoln felt it was important to use the “house divided” figure of speech which Jesus used in Matthew 12:25 because it was widely known and simply expressed. He used this metaphor “so it would strike home to the minds of men in order to rouse them to the peril of the times.”
While a divided house can’t stand, the implied opposite can—an undivided house stands unified. In principle, that’s what the household of God is designed to be (Ephesians 2:19). Though made up of people from various backgrounds, together we’ve been reconciled to God (and each other) through Jesus’ death on the cross (vv. 14–16). In view of this truth (see Ephesians 3), Paul offers this instruction to believers in Jesus: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (4:3).
Today, when heightened tensions threaten to divide people who are otherwise united, such as our families and fellow believers, God can give the wisdom and strength needed to keep unity with one another through the help of the Spirit. This will cause us to be light in a dark, divided world.
Bible Verse of the Day 15th September 2022 PRAYER
Jesus, please grant me wisdom, courage, and strength to live in ways that demonstrate reconciliation with all people.
Bible Verse of the Day 15th September 2022 written by Arthur Jackson, For nearly thirty years Arthur served as a pastor in the Chicago area. In addition to being author to Our Daily Bread since 2016, he has been on staff at PastorServe where he assists pastors and churches through coaching, consulting, and crisis care. Arthur and Shirley (his wife of over fifty years) reside in Kansas City, Kansas. They’re the parents of five adult children and the grandparents of seven grandsons.