Here it is the second half of July, and last night and early this morning we had four and a half inches of rain.  It is very much appreciated, and it is keeping our pastures knee deep in grass. However, I can not help but think of all the people in the western states that are running out of water.  Thousands of acres are being burned, farmers are having their irrigation water cut at least 25 percent this summer with more to lose by next spring.  We need to pray for many inches of snow in the mountains this winter so the snow melt will replenish their water supply.  God knows what is happening, we need to pray, and then depend on his wisdom.

Our scripture came from the book of Ephesians 2:11-22. In these verses it explains that Gentiles were considered uncircumcised by the Jews. We were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and considered foreigners. But through the blood of Christ, we do have access to the Father by one Spirit. We are now fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.

Marty Hern gave us some history about the lives of Gentiles before Jesus accepted them. They had no way to reach God. They would come from miles around to make a sacrifice in the temple but have no way of knowing if the priest would accept their sacrifice or not. Gentiles were forced to sit at the very back of the temple because they were thought to be unclean. The laws and rules the people were forced to follow only brought condemnation, not salvation. It was a difficult time to be a Gentile.

Then, God sent Jesus, and he came as a sacrifice for all people. No longer were animal sacrifices needed. We could then and can now communicate with God the Father through our interpreter, Jesus. He understands our prayers and the Holy Spirit helps to communicate them. We can have forgiveness because we are reconciled to God through the death of Jesus on the cross. But first we must seek forgiveness for our sins and admit that we are all sinners. We will see peace when Jesus returns. There will be no division between people and our world will return to the way it was in the Garden of Eden. No one knows when this will come, but we need to be believers and be ready.  

Until next time, have a blessed week.