Hosea 2:20-23-I will even betroth thee unto Me in
faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. And it shall come to pass in
that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they
shall hear the earth; And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and
the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto Me in the
earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I
will say to them which were not My people, thou art My People, and they
shall say, Thou art my God.
The word ‘betroth’ in Greek means, "to engage
for matrimony: espouse." (Strong’s #781)
The scripture above is quoted almost verbatim by the
apostle Paul in the book of Romans.
Romans 9:24-26-Even us, whom He hath called, not of the
Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He also in Osee, "I will call them
My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye
are not My people; there shall they be called the children of the living
In the second blessing God said, "In thy seed shall
all the nations of the earth be blessed." Jesus Christ is the promised
Seed of God through which all blessing flow (Galatians 3:16-19).
Whosoever receives Him in faith, He empowered to become sons in the family
of God (John 1:6-17). An eternal family where there are no ethnic
differences, social class, or gender distinction, because in faith we
are all one in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:26-29-For ye are all the children of God
by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into
Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jews nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be
Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The word ‘Greek’ in the Greek language means,
"a non-Jew: Gentile." (Strong’s #1672)
Ephesians 2:11-12-Wherefore remember, that ye
being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by
that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at
that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and
without God in the world.
The word ‘commonwealth’ in Greek means,
"citizenship." (Strong’s #4174)
Prior to Jesus Christ blood sacrifice, we were all
aliens from citizenship in the Nation of Israel. That changed when Christ
broke down the middle wall that once separated the Jew and Gentile, having
slain in His flesh the hostility, contained in the law of ordinances that
was against us. (Colossians 2:14). In doing this, He reconciled to God the
Gentiles who were once far off, and the Jews who were nign in
one body the Christian church (Ephesians 1:20-23 & Colossians 1:16-20).
Ephesians 2:13-16-But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nign by the blood of Christ.
For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle
wall of partition between us; Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even
the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in
Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile
both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were far off (the Gentiles),
and to them that were nign (the Jews).
The word ‘enmity’ in Greek means,
"hostility; hatred." (Strong’s #2189)
Middle wall, defined by The Nelson Illustrated
Bible Dictionary: "was a barrier or partition that divided the inner
court of the Temple, open only to Jews, from the Court of the Gentiles. The
Jewish historian Josephus described this partition as a stone wall,
inscribed with warnings to Gentiles not to enter the holy place of the
Temple, under threat of death."
The middle wall in the Jewish Temple of that day, was
a stone barrier that was erected to deny the Gentiles access into the inner
court. This Holy place within the Temple was where blood sacrifices and
other earthly ordinances were practiced by the high priest for the
forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 5:1-4 - Hebrews 9:1-28 - Hebrews 10:1-23).
Jesus Christ, who is our High Priest, destroyed forever those ordinances
that cause hostility between the Jew and Gentile peoples by blotting out the
written commandment contained in blood ordinances and nailed it to