Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, January 22, 2024

Salutations and Summary, part 14 – Romans, part 264

Wasn’t it Paul who wrote Ephesians?  Yes, and I’m glad he did.  We’ll see how Paul’s writings to the Romans are amplified in Ephesians, not contradicted.

Ephesians 2:14a For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation.  That “middle wall of separation” denied non-Jewish people access to the Temple, God’s kingdom and His throne.  Through Messiah Yeshua it has been broken down, and the prophesy of Isaiah is fulfilled.  Isaiah 2:2 It will come to pass in the last days that the mountain of Adonai’s House will stand firm as head of the mountains and will be exalted above the hills. So all nations (Goyim) will flow to it. 3 Then many peoples (Goyim) will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the House of the God of Jacob! Then He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For Torah will go forth from Zion and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.

The Torah is more than commandments, it is embodied in the flesh of the One who taught the world to obey it perfectly.  John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The very next verse of Ephesians is revelatory.  It tells us what Yeshua accomplished through His once-for-all-time sacrifice.  Ephesians 2:14b Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility—

Rabbi Trail:  Strange place to put an RT, but I couldn’t resist.  What is the “hostility” that Yeshua made “powerless” within His flesh?  It was our sinful nature.  Both Jewish and non-Jewish people are born into sin.  All of God’s people are called to a holy life-style that is consistent with Yeshua’s teachings.  End RT.

Ephesians 2:15 the law code of mitzvot contained in regulations. He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom, 16 and to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross—by which He put the hostility to death.  I’ve always thought that that “hostility” was between Jews and non-Jews, but as I’m writing this, I’m persuaded that the hostility put to death is between us (all of us, both Jewish and non-Jewish people) and the Holy God.  God has united us in holiness unto Himself through the sacrifice of His Son.  Just thinking about it leaves me breathless.

Paul affirms this in Romans 9:24 Even us He called—not only from the Jewish people, but also from the Gentiles— 25 as He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ and her who was not loved, ‘Beloved.’  And he continues through chapters 10 and 11 to build this proposition to a climax, that there will be a revival among Jewish people that will lead to a world-wide revival at the end of time.

Romans 11:12 Now if their transgression leads to riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, then how much more their fullness!… 15 For if their rejection leads to the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

“Life from the dead” is exactly the revival we are expecting.  Better get ready, Yeshua is coming.  Shalom shalom.

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