Unity (5 of 21) by Zach Terry

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Unity (5 of 21)
Series: Ephesians
Zach Terry
Ephesians 2:11-22

INTRODUCTION: The difficult job of the preacher is that he stands between two worlds - To do a good job I must place one foot on the sands of the middle east and one foot on the red clay of Alabama.

In order to completely understand this letter, we must have a brief lesson in Jewish History.

Biblically speaking there are two major races of people - Jew and everyone else. Or Jew and Gentile.

The Jewish Nation began 3,500 - 4,000 years ago when God appeared to Abram and in Genesis 12 and said
1 …"Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

Later in Genesis 17:10-11 (NASB95) God said to Abram
10 "This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 "And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.

• Gen. 21 Isaac is born and circumcised in keeping with God's covenant with Abraham.
• Remember God tested Abraham and told him to sacrifice Isaac to God, Abraham obeyed, God stayed his hand and provided a sacrifice. It was then that God said,

Genesis 22:16-18 (NASB95)
16 "By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

• Gen. 25 ...

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