Daily Post; Prompt: Jeopardize
Glory to God in the highest,
and on Earth peace among those
with whom he is pleased!
Two-Thousand years ago, a multitude of Heavenly hosts broke out in praise of G-d at the announcement to shepherds that the long-awaited Messiah had been born. In Heaven, Glory to G-d. On Earth, peace to all people. Oops. To whom is the blessing of peace giving. During the Christmas season, we hear Glory to G-d and Peace on Earth. Misquoted.
“The point is that, even though God’s offer of peace goes out to all, only his chosen people — the people who receive Christ and trust him as Savior and Messiah and Lord, will experience the peace he brings.” —John Piper
If you don’t know Y’shuaJesus as your Lord and Savior, then sorry, no peace from Heaven. No inner peace. Period.
““Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword,” said Y’shuaJesus. (Matthew 10:34).
Metaphoric Sword. A knife that cuts the cake. A division. When Y’shuaJesus was born, He jeopardized peace on Earth.
“I believe in this passage Jesus is pointing to a reality that many of us are becoming familiar with: his teachings aren’t exactly popular. Following his teachings? Doing the things that Jesus did? Loving the way Jesus loved? Well, at a minimum that’s going to invite conflict into your closest relationships,” wrote Benjamin L. Corey in his blog.
“Jesus didn’t come to bring a period of tranquility where everyone holds hands in a circle—he came to bring upheaval to the ways of this world. He came to flip tables. He came to disrupt a faux version peace. He came to speak up for the oppressed, to loose their chains, to welcome the sojourner, and to make room for those the religious elite want excluded from God’s table,” Mr. Corey wrote.
Y’shuaJesus brought a sword, metaphorically, that causes division, and is contrasted by peace and tranquility of an individual’s soul with whom G-d is pleased. Our relationship with G-d our Creator, is made possible by our belief in Y’shuaJesus, in His deity, in His humanity, in His atonement for sin. We please the Prince of Peace . . .
“I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD. . .”
“. . . what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Here’s what the Sword of the Lord created through Apostle Paul:
“About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” —Acts 19:23-27.
The tradesmen rioted. Neither Paul nor any Christian actually committed violence in Ephesus. The Sword of the Lord, as shown here, isn’t an instrument of violence. There is a violent reaction to the way Christians serve the Lord, however. In the case of Artemis, and his tradesmen, there was an immediate, and potentially irreversible economic affect to the preaching of the Lord’s Apostle to the Non-Jewish people.
Why do people follow Y’shuaJesus, then, if such a choice brings such interpersonal discord? Y’shuaJesus created a bit of a stir among his own followers. As a result many “turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.’ ” —John 6:66-69
While we, as Believers, may—no, will—experience strife, trouble, trials, and intolerance, from many people, we have an assurance of Peace, we have inner peace, and we have assurance that we shall for ever live in the Lord’s Peace.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .