Division—Separation

Biblical Mathematics (3)

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In math class I learned two forms of division—long and short. I liked neither. In Biblical mathematics I see three types of division and I like them all. I think you will too because, unlike standard math where division removes a part, Biblical division results in giving us more.

One definition of divide is to cause to be separate, distinct, or apart from. This is the division God has performed in our lives—He separated us from the world and made us a peculiar people, His people. In turn, we separate ourselves from negative influences, from temptation, and from sin.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

Division can also mean to separate into portions and distribute, dispense. God asks us, no, He expects us to divide what we have and share it with others—to part with our possessions and split them with those in need.

But just as you excel in everything…see that you also excel in this grace of giving…At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality. (2 Cor. 8:7, 14)

The last definition of divide is to separate into two or more parts; the separating of things or persons in close union. God has very strong feelings about this form of division—He does not want it! Divisiveness does not reflect His heart. We are never to divide the body of Christ—no disunity, no disconnecting, no breaking up.

There should be no division in the body, but…its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:25-26)

The Biblical principles of division are so much more rewarding than the calculations of long and short division, which always result in having less.

God’s division amazingly, miraculously, always blesses us with increase.

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The Lord is MY Shepherd…

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The Lord shepherds a large flock—sheep gathered from every tribe, nation and tongue. Yet, each one is uniquely important and loved by Him. I cherish the fact that He is not only the Good Shepherd, but the Lord is my shepherd. He leaves ninety-nine sheep to find me, to rescue me, to bind up my wounds, and love on me. This is personal.

  • The Lord chose me before He created the world and then He formed me according to His plan and pattern, creating a masterpiece.
  • He recorded every day of my life in His book and prepared good things for me to do, equipping me with the desire and ability to succeed.
  • Then He made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down His life for me so I can be eternally His.

Lord, you are my Shepherd. Please help me to have lamb-like trust, to not wander, to not argue, and to gladly, thankfully walk beside you.

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