When reading the Bible several weeks ago I happened upon Genesis 10:25, which states:
And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
When I first read Genesis 10, I immediately thought of Pangea.
Scholars believe that this verse could indicate the division of the world physically. However, most theologians believe that it’s a social division.
There are three names mentioned in Genesis 10:25. Eber and his sons Peleg, and Joktan. Peleg means division which the verse clearly states. And Joktan means smallness. But what’s interesting is that Eber means the region beyond or it can mean ‘the region beyond the sea’.
The verse in and of itself tells a story of what’s happening during that time.
Maybe the verse isn’t just about social division, but also a physical division of the earth. What could have compelled Eber’s parents to give him such a name other than some earthly physical division that had already taken place? In congruence, Eber names his son Peleg, which further means division and what precedes division is Joktan – which makes perfect sense because division often creates smallness.
When people are united with one mind and heart, they grow larger, and they can do great things. However, division brings pettiness, strife, anger, frustration and all the things that make a person small.
Reading what the Bible says about unity provides a better understanding of the consequences and effects of division. The Bible says a lot about unity, but when it speaks about unity it’s usually in the New Testament in the context of the Church.
We are told in Philippians 2; Be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. And the apostle Peter tells the church to have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, tender heart and a humble mind. But before he tells the followers of The Way to have sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and humble mind, he tells them to have unity.
Peter understands that unity of mind will make the church great.
Unity is what we need in the body of Christ, and it’s something that I pray for all the time. I didn’t understand the importance of such a prayer until I put it in the context of Genesis 10:25.
Live in unity with one another, love each other deeply from the heart. Pursue peace, and when you find it impossible to live in peace with someone, pray for them. Love them and pray that there would be reconciliation and unity.