Christ’s death on the cross brings restoration sin has taken. First remember early on in Genesis sin divided Adam and Eve, both man and the woman hid from one another and the Lord.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ” The man said, “The woman you put here with me —she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Sin also divided the people of Israel, the kingdom was seperated in to two kingdoms, the southern kingdom Judah and norther kingdom Israel. This came about from King Solomon’s sins and unfaithfulness to God by turning away to follow other gods as a result of marrying foreign women.
So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.” [1 Kings 11:11-13]
Then we see how sin drove a wedge between the Jews and Gentiles (All non Jews in descent, not of Israel)
Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.” After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God. “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ [Hosea 1:6-10]
The time Hosea was written was in the Old Testament when the Jews saw themselves as God’s chosen people and that they were however, they began to sin just as much as the nations around them,
But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger. So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left,
[2 Kings 17:14-18]
Judah the southern kingdom also followed in the footsteps of the northern tribe Israel a little later and was taken by the Babylonians. Israel was taken earlier by Assyria but Judah takes no heed and later also goes into captivity as well
God gives an allegory to depict these two kingdoms as two loose sisters that prostitute themselves (See Ezekiel 23)
So what later events unfold through our blessed Lord Jesus Christ who enters into His-story to win back his beloved people and the world also
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-14)
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, so that, whomsoever will believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
Jesus came to save many divided parties, man and woman (How long will you wander, unfaithful Daughter Israel? The Lord will create a new thing on earth— the woman will return to the man.” (Jeremiah 31:22)
-Jews and Jews that were hostile toward eachother in Israel (So often there were wars between Israel and Judah)
The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Foreigners will join them and unite with the descendants of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And Israel will take possession of the nations and make them male and female servants in the Lord’s land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors. [Isaiah 14:1-2]
Do we understand this? “Foreigners will join them in their own land”
Jews vs Gentiles
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! (Romans 11:11-12)
God saw fit to bring salvation to the world and adopt people from every tribe tongue and nation to also be included as “My People” even though this came through The Jews rejection of the Christ by hanging him on the cross. As a result many people now serve Israel’s God through the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ
For it is written: It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance. ”
In our times, many Iraqy (Assyrian) and Egyptian (Coptic) Christians are around today, they suffer terribly for the faith and we must keep our brothers and sisters in our prayers. Yet the prophesy of Isaiah 19 is unfolding before our face as many in the middle east turn to faith in Jesus also.
Man vs offended man
Because Jesus reconciled us and forgave our offenses before God. We as believers should be also willing to forgive other’s transgressions against us.
Mankind vs offended God– Most critical and important, Jesus settled our debt before an offended God.