As far back as I can remember we have heard, read, sung, and preached this phrase – ‘pray for peace’. So what’s that all about, anyway ?
King David admonishes us to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ . Yeshua is the Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace. He tells us that the ‘peacemakers are blessed’ . . . The Apostle Paul reminds us that Yeshua IS our ‘Peace’ . . . And yet King David was a man of war and blood ( 1Chron 28:3 ) , Paul was constantly in a ‘tussle’ with somebody, and Yeshua said ” I bring a sword . . .” ( Matt 10:34 ). And what about the ‘peacemakers’ ? Did you catch the fact that ‘they’ – the Peacemakers – are compared to the Prophets ? And there is a BIG difference between ‘peacemakers’ and ‘peacekeepers’ . . . And HE called us to be which one ? I find it ironic that one of the most famous weapons ever produced by COLT was the ‘Peacemaker’ . Maybe they understood something that we have yet to figure out. NO, I’m not speaking of ‘taking up arms’, but it DOES have to do with ‘taking a stance’ . . .
PEACE is more than merely the absence of conflict. Peace – Shalom – is the picture of wholeness, completeness, ‘one-ness’ . . . everything being the way it is intended to be. So, what is all this talk of ‘Peace’ in the Scripture by those that are constantly involved in conflict ? Ever heard the phrase ‘if you’re gonna make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs’ ? Well, let’s look at this concept of ‘Peace’ from hopefully a different and little deeper perspective . . . ( to be continued ) Blessings –