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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

Brethren, let’s all stand and sing the following hymns…

Hymn 3 p.25 – How Filled with Honor is the Place

Hymn 4 p.43 – God of Our Fathers

B. Peace Prophesied/Confirmed Through the Coming of the Messiah. As prophesied and anticipated by the prophets in Old Testament, the New Testament confirmed it through the works of the Lord Jesus Christ as the “anointed One” the Messiah (Gr. ‘Christ’) to come. This peace that God is willing to pass on to a fallen mankind would be mediated through the Messiah.

As established in the New Testament, this peace with God came only through the atoning death and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as He reconciles us back to our Father. As Peter once declared to Cornelius: “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36).

Our next set of Bible readers will give these verses about the promise and confirmation of peace through the coming and works of our Savior Jesus Christ:

Bible Reader 3 – Peace Prophesied/Confirmed Through the Coming of the Messiah

Micah 5:4-5

Isaiah 9:6-7

Isaiah 32:16-20

Isaiah 52:7

Bible Reader 4 – Peace Prophesied/Confirmed Through the Coming of the Messiah

Romans 5:1

Ephesians 2:14-17

Colossians 1:19-20

Hebrews 13:20-21

Thank you readers. Please all rise as we sing

Hymn 5 – p.45–O God of Every Nation

Hymn 6 – p.49–The Sacred Bond

C. Righteousness and Peace through the Fruit of God’s Spirit. It is quite clear from the Bible that it is God who establishes the “covenant of Peace” which foundation is on righteousness. This peace could be disturbed and taken away if one did not live before the Lord and others in righteousness. As described in our previous verses, peace is one of the “fruits of righteousness” (Isa 32:17-18). Therefore, wickedness and unrighteousness that produce pain and suffering are the enemies of peace. The psalmist also poetically describes the relationship between righteousness and peace “kissing each other” (Psalm 85:10). Moreover, the Bible specifically states that there can be no peace for the “wicked” (Isaiah 48:22; 57:21).

The God of peace and the peace of God sanctify the child of God (see 1 Thess 5:23). And Paul also describes this peace as the resolute quality that a person possesses as God’s Holy Spirit dwells in him/her.

To expound more on these, let’s hear from our next reader:

Bible Reader 5 – Righteousness and Peace through the Fruit of God’s Spirit

Psalm 85:10

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Romans 5:1-5

Romans 8:6

Romans 14:17

Galatians 5:22-25

Thank you reader. Please all rise as we sing responsively…

Hymn 7p.89 – Wait and Look and Hope for God

Hymn 8p.95 – In the Palm of His Hand

Watch and Pray: ------

D. The Peace that “Passes All Understanding”.We have a wonderful promise from God, a peace that “passes all understanding” (Phil.4:7)!  Simply put, it is the peace that will transcend man’s carnal ability to understand it. Hence a typical man cannot fully understand it nor his reasoning is capable of comprehending the peace of God. Yet a believer who places his or her full confidence in a loving God and is thankful in “every circumstances” will possess this seemingly supernatural state of peace.

An inner peace can dominate the heart and mind of a faithful believer in the midst of all the troubles in the world. No one, especially those outside of God, will be able to fathom that peace. To others, it will remain a mystery how someone can be so serene and dignified in the midst of turmoil.  If one is at peace with God, nothing can really bother him/her. For example, a cancer- stricken patient who is dying of the disease may calmly say, “Everything will be all right, and I am at peace.” That is the peace that passes all understanding.

Our next Bible reader will show us more reassuring verses on the peace that passes all understanding”.

Bible Reader 6 The Peace that “Passes All Understanding”

Philippians 4:6-7

Roman 15:13

Roman 15:30-33

1Corinthian 14:33

1 Peter 3:8-11

2 Peter 3:14

Thank you Bible Reader. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 9: p.88 Blessed and Happy is He

Hymn 10: p.89 Stand Still

Conclusion-

E. Peace in the Age to Come. The prophets are unanimous in describing the age to come to be tranquil and restful for both man, animal and the environment. It is the picture of a restored paradise—a heaven on earth! The image in Isaiah 11:6-11 is among the most picturesque. It is a description of man and animals paired off in a very strange and wonderful way: man live peacefully with his neighbor, even wild animals are at peace with the rest: the wolf and the lamb, the leopard with the kid, the calf with the lion, the cow with the bear, the lion with the ox. They shall be led by a little child. The emphasis is on the harmony, the “Shalom” between man and its surroundings. Children shall, in that day, be able to play with snakes and they will not be hurt.

In addition, curses will be no more. The land will again produce bountifully—it is both characterized by harmony and productivity. The desert will become a fertile field (Isa 32:15), while the cultivated lands will drip with "sweet wine". The nations of the world will come under the dominion of the “Prince of Peace” and in so doing, “will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks" (Isa 2:4; Micah 4:3). The prophet Isaiah saw it as a time when "You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands" (Isa 55:12).

One cannot overlook the fact that this harmony will never happen until man has his Shalom—“wholeness and completeness” with God; it will be the result of the righteous rule of the "shoot from the stump of Jesse" who has upon him the Spirit of God; he is the "Prince of Peace". These concluding verses will be read by our final reader…

Reader 9 – Peace in the Age to Come

Isaiah 2:1-4

Isaiah 11:6-11

Amos 9:13-15

Micah 4:3

Joel 3:18

Jeremiah 33:6-8,14-16

Closing Hymns

Hymn 11: p.2.56 It Won’t Be Long Now

Hymn 12: p.180 Now Let Us Go

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