“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” (Eph 2:14)
In Isaiah 9:6-7, the Lord Jesus came as “the Prince of Peace” who gave the ultimate sacrifice to bring peace between God and humanity. Not only has the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ given us a new life, it also brings reconciliation between the Jews and Gentiles. The dividing wall of hostility that has separated Gentiles from Jews for centuries was the law of commandments and ordinances. The broken body of the Lord through the cross reconciled all men, including both Jews and Gentiles, to God.
Went to Indiana this weekend to visit a family in our church who runs a Chinese buffet restaurant. This visit was different from past visits because there were a few truthseekers. When we arrived, we were surprised to find that the truthseekers were an elderly American Mennonite couple who had lived in Indiana since the 1960s. How did this American couple come to be sitting in the dining room of a Chinese family that barely spoke any English, waiting to hear a sermon from a Korean pastor?
But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. (Exodus 11:7)
During the last of the ten plagues, Moses spoke boldly against Pharoah: the Lord will go into the midst of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. This plague was the climax to the story of God’s deliverance of His people, after the Egyptians had undergone lengthy suffering and before Pharoah finally cast the Israelites out of his land in devastation from the loss of his firstborn. At the end, the Lord had gained victory and displayed His majestic powers. The Lord had shown that He does make a difference between the Egyptians and those who He calls His own.