DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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By: Pastor Bill Muir
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14
A famous wall was The Berlin Wall, built-in 1961 separating Germans from each other. It was a guarded concrete wall that separated and divided West Berlin from East Germany, separating families from each other. People died trying to cross over the wall to escape communism.
In the scriptures, there is another famous wall. The wall that separated Gentiles and Jews and Jesus broke it down. “He broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” Anyone in that day who read that would understand precisely what he was talking about. If you went to Jerusalem in those days and went up to the Temple, there would be all these courts, different places where different people met. It was divided. Each of them was sort of on levels. First, you had the court of the Gentiles. The Gentiles were allowed in this court. The next one was the Court of the Women. The women could go into that court. The next court closer in was the Court of the Israelites, where the male Israelites could go. The next court in, a level slightly higher, was the Court of the Priests, which was the court right outside the temple. Then you went into the temple court itself.
There was a barrier between the Court of the Gentiles and the Women’s Court. There was a dividing wall. You can read how it was made of marble and how it looked. This barrier had warnings and inscriptions. They were written about in history. There were warnings posted every few feet. A few years some archeologists dug up one of those warning signs. This is exactly what it said (translated) “No foreigner may enter within the barricade surrounding the sanctuary and enclosure. Anyone who is caught doing so will have himself to blame for his ensuing death.”
Galatians 3: 28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus broke down the barriers of the dividing wall. Physically, we read in the Bible that when He died on the cross, God tore the veil in the Temple between God’s holiest place and the outer sanctuary where a man was. He tore that veil physically, saying that God and man were no longer separated. Here we’re told that spiritually He also broke down the other dividing wall where man and man were separated. Both things happened when Jesus died on the cross. The thing that separated God from man was torn apart, and the thing that separated man from man. It’s a great picture, a beautiful picture in the Bible of what God has done in our lives and how He works in our lives.
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