As you might expect, verses 17-18 build on the previous verses. Paul is using rhetorical tools and historical imagery to make a dramatic point and challenge the emissaries from James.
Paul is articulating the objection of Jews and Gentiles eating together in dramatic fashion. “Sin” is personified. Paul asks, “Is Jesus Christ now serving Sin?” The implied answer is “No.”
Further, the wall Paul refers to is an image from Torah. The wall kept Israel separate from Gentiles. But, for Paul, Jesus tore down the wall.
Consider your words and actions today. Notice if there are ways you are “building walls” or “tearing down walls.”
Lord Jesus, call us together around your table. Unite us in our common mission and ministry even as you help us recognize our differences. Guide me, I pray, to speak words of grace that unite us as your people. Amen.
What words and/or actions did you witness today that are “tearing down walls”?
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.