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Perez and Jesus

The Mighty Perez, a Breacher and Breaker (Gen. 28:29)

When Perez was born, he injured his mother’s womb, which is why he was named Perez, “breacher, shatterer, breaker.” This Perez is one of the ancestors of our Lord Jesus (Matt. 1:3; Ruth 4:18). He also portrays our Lord Jesus with his name. O Lord Jesus, You are the Breacher, for You breached the barrier between Jew and heather and took away their enmity, as St. Paul teaches (Eph. 2:12-13). You are the Shatterer. You shattered our grave and it can hold us no longer. You are the Breakere. You ripped through the power of the devil and hell and broke open a hole for us to heaven, establishing a safe passage through death to eternal life. Like a mighty wagon-driver You rode through the foul trail that refused to be blazed or traveled. We can follow You confidently and ride into heaven. Of this Micah says, “The Breaker shall go up before them; they shall break through, and go out and in at the gate, and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD at their head” (Micah 2:13). O Lord Jesus, when I pray, break a path to the heart of Your Father. When I die, break a way for me to eternal life. Amen, O mighty and blessed Breaker! Amen.
Valerius Herberger The Great Works of God … Chapters 16-50 361

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