Divide And Conquer!
The divide and conquer strategy has been used in many organizations, possibly informally, to keep workers under subjection.
It has also been used to prevent the overthrow of power and to prevent groups of people from organizing for a common cause.
But, Jesus stated that a kingdom that divided against itself will fall.
But he knowing their thoughts said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?” (Luke 11:17-18A).
Satan kingdom will fall when we create confusion in the enemy’s camp.
Divide and conquer is one of the primary strategies that God used against the enemies of Israel.
One well-known example is the destruction of the wall of Jericho. (Joshua 6)
God gave Joshua some specific instructions to give to the people of Israel.
They were to march once for six days silently except for the priest who would blow their trumpets.
On the seventh day, they should march seven times.
On the seventh walk when the priests blew their trumpets, Joshua commanded the people to shout and make a great noise.
They all shouted together in one accord and the wall of Jericho fell flat. The Israelites then charged into the camp and overcame the enemies.
I often wonder what the people of Jericho thought about the ragged and dust covered nomads who were marching around their city with their machete, bows and arrows and staff.
They must have appeared quite silly. How the residents of Jerich must have laughed at those Israelites!
What could they possibly accomplish against this strongly fortified city of Jericho?
Absolutely nothing! They appeared to be nothing but a puppet show.
It was the highlight of their day!
Words had also gotten around that on the seventh day the parade would last longer and be even more spectacular.
So everyone young and old rushed to set up their chairs and stools on top of the wall to enjoy this final show.
Even the soldiers were told to take the day off and enjoy the fun.
What a grand finale this would be a full week of fun and laughter. This kind of hilarious event had never happened before, and so everyone wanted to be a part of this excitement so that they could remember and talked about it for many years to come.
Well, the seventh day and the seventh and final march of the silly parade was a historical day that Jericho had ever experienced because it was the last day that they existed on the map.
“It is finished.”
The city of Jericho was thrown into such a tremendous confusion that more people died of shock, stampede, and fright than from a single soldier’s weapon.
What a mighty God we served!
The lesson here is that obedience and praise will divide the enemy’s kingdom and it will fall.
Therefore, when the enemy shoots at you with darts of gossip, backbiting, anger, jealousy, bitterness, and hatred, immediately shoots back at him with shouts of praise, joy, kindness, and love.
This behavior is the opposite of what the enemy expected from you so it will cause total confusion and disruption in his camp which will tear down his strongholds and high places.
Have you ever tried the divide and conquer strategy against the enemy? If you have, please share the results with us.
I know it will be a blessing to us.