Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
A House Divided – January 28, 2016
Matthew 12:25, Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
One phrase that you may not have realized originated from Scripture is “a house divided”. (If you missed the previous terms shared on my blog, you can find them @ www.johnmarkcaton.com.) The phrase, “A House Divided Against Itself Will Not Stand!” came from the Book of Matthew. Jesus said in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
The phrase is pretty simple and straightforward in its means, “without unity, there is not strength or longevity.” While preachers often referenced the phrase in churches, the phrase really came to the forefront of American thought when Abraham Lincoln quoted that scripture in his 1858 acceptance speech for the Republican nomination as President. He told the Republican politicians of his party that “a house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.” Lincoln was right to quote Jesus when speaking of the country, but it also applies in every other area of our lives. A people, family or country cannot last if it is divided because unity around a greater cause brings longevity and staying power. So, today strive for unity every chance you get.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D