Meditation for 05/29/2019
“Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.” (Isaiah 11:13)
Isaiah’s future hope invited reconciliation between the two nations of Ephraim (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom). Jealousy and hostility would have no place in their relationship. They wee to become friends. Likewise, when persons are reconciled to God they become friends; they bury their hostility and jealousy.
The reconciliation foreseen here was ultimately fulfilled through Christ. God is the initiator of this reconciled relationship. Reconciliation with Him leads to reconciliation with enemies; thus, enemies become friends.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You have provided for us another example of how we are to live with others. You have taught us to reconcile with our enemies and thus we are then able to become friends with those whom we may have once thought impossible. Abba, nothing is impossible for You and in this teaching, You have taught us how we are to behave with those we are in disagreement with. We pray in Jesus’ name to begin to eliminate our enemies through reconciliation with them and open the door to friendship with them. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Conflict may be inevitable, but combat is optional.”
“His one purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two (the circumcised and the uncircumcised), thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were new. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:16-18)
Christ reconciled to God and to each other both Jews and Gentiles in His death on the cross. Their hostility to God and to each other is crucified with Christ. Christ opens to door to God for all people, whatever their background. Thus, we are no longer Jews and Gentiles, but we are now brothers and sisters who have accepted God Christ Jesus by His death on the cross and His resurrection.
Salvation, Reconciliation: (2nd Corinthians 5:18-21)
Jesus in His death suffered the punishment for our sins and restored the relationship between us and God. God no longer inputs sin on our record. Rather He counts us as ministers leading others to Jesus and thus to reconciliation with Himself.
Second Thought of the Day:
“That day Herod and Pilate became friends—-before this day had been enemies.” (Luke 23:12)
Reconciliation on the human to human level led Herod an Pilate to become friends. When persons are reconciled to God on the divine to human level, they too, become friends.
An unexpected result of Jesus’ trial was political and personal reconciliation. An expected result of Jesus’ ministry is reconciliation in the church. Crystal clear?