Meditation

09/24/2021

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)

Israel’s future hope involved reconciliation between the two nations of Ephraim (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom). Jealousy and hostility would have no place in their relationship. They were 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, and a friendship is then to begin.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, reconciliation starts with both sides recognizing their relationship as enemies leads only to more people being hurt and only Satan celebrates this kind of relationship. To reconcile, is to come together as God’s people, all of us, seeking friendship and not perpetual strain and hurtful actions where no one is happy. Truly reconciled people seek to have meaningful relationships with one another as friends and not as warriors. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

You can’t walk with God and hold hands with Satan at the same time.”

KNOWING GOD:

His purpose was to create in himself one new man but of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both 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 near. For through him we both have access to the one Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:16-18)

Beloved Christ reconciles this to God and to each other both both Jews and Gentiles in His death on the cross. They hostility to God and to each others is crucified with Christ. Christ opens to door to God for all people, whatever their background.

I AM:

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—-If you continue in your faith established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” (Colossians 1:20-23)

God’s reconciliation through Christ is all inclusive. It is vertical, reconciliation between persons and God; and horizontal, reconciliation between persons and persons and between nature and God. As all humankind and all nature descended from good to the fall of Adam, so will persons and nature itself restored in the saving work of Christ.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

That day Herod and Pilate became friends—-before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23:12)

Reconciliation on the human to human level led Herod and Pilate to become friends. When persons are reconciles 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.

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