We have two small dogs, Coco and Rudy. We had Coco for five years before we got Rudy. You would have thought the world had caved in on Coco; she was so upset about this new creature in our house. It’s been five years, and at some point, she grew fond of him. Don’t get me wrong, she is still very jealous of him and nips at him occasionally, but sometimes I see her snuggled up to him when he’s lying down. Richard and I love them both and want no harm to come to either of them, but we wish they loved each other more.
Coco is like the Israelites who love Jesus, and Rudy is like the gentiles who love Jesus; because of our love for him, God has made us one people and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility.
Don’t get me wrong; some vicious people claim to be on either side but believe me, they do not love Jesus; if they did, they wouldn’t be nasty or separate themselves from the other party. We are beginning to see the dividing line between good and evil; God is making it clear. Many will be shocked when the veil is lifted, and the darkness is brought into the light; people whom you thought were good will be seen as evil. The good people are on the side of Jesus, and Satan is the father of the evil ones. The truth is coming soon. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3b)
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