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Our Shalom with God

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Opening Hymns:

Hymn 1 p.17 – Thou Art Our God Forever

Hymn 2 p.214 –Make Music to the LORD

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”- Jesus (John 14:27).

What is this peace that the Lord Jesus Christ was able to give to his disciples/followers? Do you possess it? The word was taken from the Greek “eiréné” [Strongs’1515], (from eirō, "to join, tie together into a whole") and, basically it means wholeness.

The Old Testament word for peace is “shalom”.  It means ‘completeness’, soundness’, or ‘well-being.’ So, essentially the meaning has been unchanged for both languages.  It is used when one asks of or prays for the welfare of another; when one is in harmony or in agreement (accord) with another; when one seeks the good of a city or country; or it might mean material prosperity or physical safety.

But the promise of “peace” can also apply to our spiritual well-being (or wholeness). Such peace is associated with righteousness and truth, and not of wickedness. Because of the world's chaos through man’s sin, peace comes only as a gift from God. 

Therefore, the Messianic hope is an age of peace. It is often times referred to as the “advent (coming) of the Prince of Peace”. The New Testament shows us how and when this hope will be fulfilled. Through Jesus Christ, peace has come and by Him it can be given or bestowed. Christ’s disciples are its publishers (messengers) and ministers.

Sinful man cannot and will not be able to receive this peace. There must first be a reconciliation (or peace)with God, the removal of sin and enmity through the sacrifice and blood of Christ. Then inward peace can follow, even unhindered by the world's strife and trouble.

For the purpose of our Songs and Scriptures today, let’ understand “Peace” as God intended man to possess it through the saving works of His Son Jesus Christ. Essentially, there are five (5) identification of peace from the Scriptures that can guide our readings all throughout. They are as follows:

  1. God as the Source of Peace
  2. Peace Prophesied/Confirmed Through the Coming of the Messiah
  3. Peace Through the Fruit of God’s Spirit
  4. The Peace that Passes All Understanding
  5. Peace in the Age to Come

For our first batch of readers, let’s identify the one and only source of our Peace.

Bible Reader 1 – God as the Source of Peace

Judges 6:22-24

Numbers 6:22-27

Bible Reader 2 God as the Source of Peace

Exodus 14:13-14

Psalm 29:10-11

Isaiah 26:7-12

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