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108: The Beatitudes; The Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

I am going to allude to many scriptures without quoting chapter and verse.  This is deliberate to motivate our readers to do their own study on the subject. 

Jesus said that he came to bring a sword [conflict] and not peace, yet he blessed the peacemakers calling them the children of God.

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

The meaning is found in the following verse where Christ states that we are to love and follow him [God’s Word] closer than anyone or anything else in the whole world!  This reveals that the commandment to honor parents  means that we are to obey our heavenly Father and his firstborn Son; above even our earthly parents!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate peacemaker, working to reconcile mankind with God, and to bring lasting peace between humanity and God the Father.  Peace between God and man is the foundation of peace between men!  When every man goes his own way, men cannot be at peace either with God or with other human beings.  

Blessed are the human peacemakers, and who are the human peacemakers?  

They are those who have been reconciled to God through sincere repentance, the application of the sacrifice of Christ, and who commit to live by every Word of God, sinning no more; and then follow Jesus Christ in also working to reconcile all men to God the Father in heaven!   The only makers of lasting peace, are those who live by and teach all men to live by every Word of God as Jesus does (Mat 4:4)!  

Now for the present, those called to God may experience trials from those who have not yet turned to God; but that is only a temporary issue as more and more turn to God until during the great main harvest, virtually ALL of humanity are reconciled to God and at peace with God.  

That reconciliation with God by all peoples, then becomes the foundation for all humanity to also find the way to  a prosperous peace with other human beings!  This main harvest and the  reconciliation of all people with God, to go forward forever at peace with God and with each other is the true meaning of the Fall Festivals! 

If the wife and all the children in a physical family are united with their husband/father; there is unity and peace within that family! 

If the wife and all the children in a spiritual  family are united with their husband/Father; there is unity and peace within that spiritual family! 

Therefore the person who works to help Jesus Christ to reconcile the spiritually called out is a peacemaker along with Christ between the called out and God the Father!

Yes, God does divide the righteous from the wicked.

Jesus knew that he was creating division and strife by calling people out from the physical and into a spiritual unity with the Father; he knew that this would bring strife from those who rejected any zeal for the whole word of God and preferred to cling to their idols of men and traditions!  So Jesus warned his called out that any zeal for him would reconcile men to the Father and would also divide them from the evil and the lukewarm.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Who are the children of God?  Those who are called out and are faithfully submitting to the whole word of God, and to the loving correction of our Father are the children of God;  Those who do not submit are called bastards and not sons.

My friends you know these scriptures and it is not needful that I quote them, do study them out for yourselves in your personal studies.   Those who are zealous and faithful to their Father in heaven and to his word, not just reading but being DOERS of the word; are the children of faith, the children of Abraham and the children of God.

The foundation of peace is reconciliation and peace with God our Father in heaven; and Jesus Christ gave himself to effect that reconciliation to bring peace between the Father and humanity!  That makes Jesus Christ a peacemaker; and God the father sent Jesus to reconcile humanity to himself making the Father the ultimate peacemaker!

The foundation of unity among men, is the absolute unity of each individual with God the Father and his Word.

As each person becomes ONE with the Father, as Christ is ONE with the Father; they are then united with all others who are also ONE with the Father.

And if we are ONE with the Father and Christ, and ONE with all others who are also ONE with the Father and Christ; then we are at peace with the Father and Christ and at peace with other like-minded persons. 

We are to be ONE with God, and we are to be separated and divided from the ungodly and from all sin.

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are [ONE].

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one [with us], even as we are one: 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one [with us]; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

God the Father is the ultimate peacemaker, bringing us into unity with him through calling us to his Word, and our sincere repentance for breaking that Word; and by applying the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God to the sincerely repentant; that we might be reconciled and brought to UNITY and peace with God the Father!

The root and foundation of all peace is an enthusiastic zeal to learn and  keep the whole Word of God, sincerely repenting of breaking that word which is peace eternal!

The way of peace, the way of life is revealed in the whole word of God; and any departure from any part of God’s word is a departure form the way of peace, life and truth.

Those who teach that Christ understands and winks at sin, are either foolish or liars, for Jesus Christ is love and he would never allow to separate ourselves from God by any willful sin.

Children must obey the word of their parents, which is the first commandment with promise; and if we are the children of God, we will be keeping his Word!

If we are not quick to keep the whole Word of God without any compromise; then we are not the children of God; and therefore we are not peacemakers but rebels [causers of strife] against our Father in heaven!  In that case we cannot be peacemakers because we are creators of strife and rebellion against our Father, and have turned against any zeal for the peace between man and God which is the foundation of peace between people.

To seek peace without internalizing the nature of God by passionately loving to learn and to keep God’s Word is a losers game; for even if peace and unity between some men is achieved in the short term; such men are cut off and separated from their Father in heaven and will pass away as the grass.

The thing that really matters is peace and reconciliation with God through a sincere repentance of our sin against his Word.

Now when we reconcile with the Father and begin to attain unity with God; Satan will try his best to prevent us; to tempt us away from God’s Word,  or pressure us with trials.

That is what Christ meant in that context, when he said that he did not come to bring peace; for when a few are reconciled to the Father, others rise up against them.

In the long term Jesus did come to bring peace, for by his sacrifice all men may ultimately have an opportunity to be reconciled to and become at one with, and to be at peace with God the Father for all eternity!

All humanity shall all have their turn as well; and finally after the main harvest is completed; there will be eternal peace!  Eternal peace with God and man, brought about by the reconciling peacemaking sacrifice of Jesus Christ!

God is truth, God is love; and God is perfect; therefore God is also peace and eternal life which is the result of peace!  If we become like God through a zeal to learn and keep his word; then we shall become full of his truth, love and perfect peace; and being like our Father we shall become the children of God!

Those who sincerely repent and commit in baptism to go and sin no more; will have the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, applied to them and will be reconciled and be at peace with God the Father, becoming the very sons of God by adoption, if we persevere in our calling.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

To seek to love, learn and uncompromisingly keep the whole Word of God; and to teach others to do likewise; is to be peace keepers and peace makers with the Father in heaven.

If we continue in work to overcome all sin and become ONE with our Father through a diligent internalizing of his word in mind and actions; we become the Children of God!

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

The called out of the first six thousand years, must prove their loyalty to God and his word through many trials and temptations, so that they can be trusted to faithfully and righteously teach others in the future.

In this there is no conflict; for we learn peace by suffering, so that ultimately a real and full peace will come in!

Peacemakers: Instruments of God’s Peace

A person who makes bread is called a breadmaker and likewise a person who makes candles is called a candlemaker….and a person who makes peace is a PEACEMAKER.

But what does it really mean to be a peacemaker and who are these people? Jesus says in this Beatitude that blessed are the peacemakers and then tells us who they are. They are the children of God!

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

This Beatitude is telling us that to become a child of God one must be a Peacemaker. The Beatitudes describe the character qualities of the perfect man and about how one becomes like God; and if we are to be perfect as God is perfect then we must learn what God’s qualities are and then make them our own. To be a peacemaker is to be a maker of peace just as God is a maker of peace.

The Greek word for peacemaker is eirénopoios (Strong’s #1518) and means: pacificatory, i.e. peaceable – peacemaker. (String’s Concordance).  But this definition does not really tell us much about the role of a peacemaker. 

The English definition of “peacemaker” from the Online Free Dictionary states; “one who makes peace, especially by reconciling parties at variance, settling disputes.  A person who establishes peace, especially between others, a person, group, or nation that tries to make peace. Synonyms for peacemaker are: broker, buffer, conciliator, go-between, honest, interposer, middleman, mediator.”

Does this mean that this Beatitude is referring to just a matter of settling disputes, reconciling parties at variance or being a mediator? Or is there more to being a peacemaker according to the Bible’s definition of peacemaker?

When we delve into Scripture further we find that to be a peacemaker is much more complex than what the world typically thinks when they hear the word peacemaker. For a biblical definition of what “peace” means we must go to the Hebrew language. There are several Hebrew words that translate as “peace” and the meanings show a multifaceted description of “peace” according to God’s Word. 

Following are the Hebrew words that depict the many aspects of what the word “peace” means in Hebrew and these definitions give us insights as to what the seventh Beatitude involves when it says “blessed are the peacemakers”.

1. Shalvah (Strong’s #7962) security, ease,

2. Shalowm Strong’s #7965) safe, health, peace

3. Shalam (Strong’s #7999) to be safe, be, make complete

4. Shlam (Strong’s #8001) prosperity

5. Shelem (Strong’s #8002) thank offering

The William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible describes for us how the Jewish people of Jesus’ day understood the word peace to mean. Barclay gives the following definition of the word “shalom”, the word most commonly used in Scripture when speaking of “peace”.

“In Hebrew; peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for a man’s highest good. In the east when one man says to another, Salaam-which is the same word-he does not mean that he wishes for the other man only the absence of evil things; he wishes for him the presence of all good things. In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble; it means enjoyment of all good.” (vol. 1, p. 108) (William Barclay Daily Study Bible Series).

This definition of peace that the Jewish people would have interpreted it to mean helps us to understand what Jesus was talking about when He said blessed are the peacemakers. When referring to peacemakers He had in mind those who work for the highest good and wish for the prosperity of others and mankind; those who can be used as His instruments in bringing about all that is beneficial and good to others. 

There are many people in the world who work as peacemakers in the physical sense; they are those who strive to work to bring about good for others. These people sincerely do not want to see people suffer and they are the first to show up in disasters to provide emergency aid, adequate food and clean water, housing, clothing, ect., ect.

There are people in this world who are trying to insure the health of society and want to see people prosper and grow rather than suffer at the hands of oppressors, greedy corporations and bad government.

We see many “activists” who see the evil in the world and want to make a difference; also we see many who are in missionary work who are very sincere and want to do good; in their heart of hearts these people want peace but they have their focus on the physical and they do not have God’s total spiritual picture in mind. They have no clue to God’s overall Plan and they see no real necessity to do the things that God says would bring about peace.

Yes, there are many people and worthwhile organizations that are trying to bring a sort of peace to others by helping poor countries and the unfortunate, and this is good.  But the peacemakers of the world are lacking a major component and they are only treating the symptoms of the problems of the world; they do not know how to address the REAL CAUSE of those symptoms.

Without the major component that brings true peace, the people of the world only scratch the surface of the problems and are not bringing real and lasting peace to the tragic situations that engulf the earth. 

The people who do not know God but who want to bring an outward kind of peace will only fail for they do not teach the WAY of PEACE.   Carnal men do not live the way of peace themselves and they do not teach the ones that they are trying to help that they need to seek God’s forgiveness and to start keeping His commandments; for that is what true peace is, it is the keeping of all of God’s commandments. How can we as mere men being as limited as we are in our scope of influence, power, and strength, even begin to bring about real and lasting peace in the world?

In truth, mankind must look to Jesus who is our MODEL of peace, who is the ultimate Peacemaker and who is the expressed image of His Father who is also about peace. They both want the very best for mankind and it is Christ who is going to usher in a peace-filled world for all humanity as part of their plan that they have been working out over the past eons of time; and it is the keeping of God’s commandments that lead to the kind of peace that God desires for all human beings.

Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

The Real Solution to Peace

Just imagine; if you lived in a village where there was no crime, no muggings, no theft, no violence, no adultery or sexual abuse of any kind; where parents and figures of authority were respected; and every one was content and happy with what they had and did not covet or lie; this would be a VERY peaceful, positive place to live indeed.

And of course, keeping the first four of the Ten Commandments which are directed to God would guide the villagers to keep the last six. The effects of keeping all of God’s commandments and therefore not reaping the consequences of breaking those laws would be PEACE!

The true Bible definition of peace then is the keeping of all of God’s commandments. That is what brings true and lasting peace. And if we are keeping God’s commandments, first toward God and then toward our neighbors and if we are teaching others to do so as well; then we are God’s peacemakers.

It is the keeping and doing of God’s commandments is what brings the highest good to self and others. If all of mankind were keeping God’s commandments, the whole world would be at PEACE and all peoples would have an abundance of all good things.

The Prince of Peace

The Bible has much to say about the greatest Peacemaker ever. In the following verses Isaiah prophesies that one of the members of Elohim was going to be born as a human child, and that He would be the One given by God the Father to be humanity’s Prince and Savior (Acts 5:31). Isaiah lists the various titles of the One who would become Jesus Christ; all of which describe the kind of Prince the Messiah would be.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah’s titles for Jesus Christ describe His characteristics:

1. Wonderful, Counselor: A wonderful divine Counselor, a teacher of all righteousness, an instructor of how to keep all of God’s laws and how to live His ways that lead to peace.

2. Mighty God: Indicating that the Lord is an all powerful warrior and is sovereign over all and He will put down all the enemies of peace.

3. Everlasting Father: This title has the connotation of one who provides salvation and everlasting life to those who are His; and He is a righteous Ruler over His people and will be forever.

4. Prince of Peace: Jesus Christ has qualified by being the greatest giver of peace to mankind and He has made the way of peace possible for all who turn to God by His own sacrifice; therefore He is appointed by God the Father to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords for all eternity.

As Prince of Peace Christ will usher in peace once and for all; and upon His shoulder will be a just government that will usher in righteousness and will govern for the highest good for all its subjects.

God says through the prophet Isaiah, that God’s government will be set up and it will be a just government and will have just laws; it will last throughout eternity, and he then adds that it WILL happen because of the Lord is ZEALOUS and He PURPOSES for it to happen indicating that there is nothing that can prevent it from happening!

Jesus Christ is our pattern of what we must emulate to be peacemakers ourselves. We have been called to overcome sin and the things that take peace away in order to qualify to help Christ to bring about peace ultimately to the whole world.

God’s kind of peace will bring about a beautiful, harmonious, and righteous world with a just and compassionate government that will rule with the intent to provide for the well being of each and every person and for highest good of all of mankind living; and this will provide for an abundance of peace.

Peacemakers Shall Be Called Sons of God

Jesus is the totality of what it is to be a peacemaker and if peace means to “make complete or to become perfect” shalam (Strong’s #7999), then He is the completeness of everything that is God, everything that is good, right, and just; and He is the epitome of one who is perfect.

In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus gave His disciples the Beatitudes that teach us the things that we must internalize; we must fill ourselves up with the qualities He is filled with and if we are becoming like Him, then we will be men and women of peace and He will be able to use us as His instruments to bring peace to others. 

A child of God is a person who has been called by God the Father and has made a decision to follow Him and His Son Jesus Christ; God’s children commit to obey God forever and want to internalize all of the character attributes of God becoming complete as God is complete. 

To have all the Beatitude virtues are the qualities that constitutes a son or daughter of God.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

We are commanded to live as Christ and His Father live and according to every Word of God and to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. The word for “perfect” is also shalam (Strong’s #7999). To be a peacemaker is to be a complete man, i.e. a perfect man.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

The Beatitudes as Jesus expounds upon them in Matthew 5 are the very qualities (virtues) of those who will be in His Kingdom. To even be in God’s Kingdom we must be a peacemaker and making peace is a qualifying virtue that each son of God must exhibit. Why is this Beatitude so important? In order to qualify to become one of God’s children, one must be a peacemaker.

Matthew 5:9 is listed as the last of the Beatitudes that deal with seeking the virtues and attributes of God. As we saw in previous articles all of the Beatitudes are interconnected like links of a chain therefore the result of having all of the previous six Beatitudes instilled in us, is to be filled with peace, which is a fruit or a component of the Holy Spirit. 

To be poor in spirit, to mourn over evil and sin, to be meek and teachable, to hunger and thirst after God’s righteousness, to seek purity are virtues one absolutely needs in order to be a peacemaker.

 In other words, to be obedient to God in all things and to have His divine nature incorporated into our nature; is what makes a person a peacemaker and he or she will be seeking the things that make for peace.

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Seeking Peace with God is the Very First Step to Becoming a Peacemaker

Jesus Christ gave Himself as the Lamb of God in order for man to have peace with God the Father by being reconciled to Him; it is that peace that we must seek first and foremost.

As a result of having faith that Christ has the power to forgive us and then seeking Christ’s atoning sacrifice to cover our repented of sins and then committing to go and sin no more; we then become reconciled with God and become a member of Christ’s household.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 

2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

When we have been forgiven for all of our sincerely repented-of past sins and embark on the journey to becoming spiritually mature and made more and more into the image of God, we in effect, become a new person and are reconciled to our Father through Jesus Christ. He then gives us the ministry of reconciliation and makes us ambassadors for Christ in the world by being examples of what it means to be at peace and also helping others to learn how they, too, can become reconciled to God and to have peace with Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We begin the process of becoming a peacemaker when we step out in faith and make peace with God by making a conscious decision to be reconciled to Him. We do this by first confessing and repenting of our sins; and then applying the atonement of Christ’s sacrifice to pay for our sins; and then setting in our hearts that we will keep all of God’s commandments and sin no more. This is the first step in becoming a peacemaker. Once we have made peace with God we embark on a life-long training program with lots of opportunities in this life to master the art of becoming a peacemaker. 

God is training us to be peacemakers not only in our present lives and in our present circumstances, but more importantly, we are being prepared to assist Jesus in bringing about the reconciliation of the whole world to God and in bringing many members into the Family of God. 

When we answer God the Father’s call to follow Christ, become baptized and receive the Holy Spirit, we enter the life-long sanctification process of becoming converted and spiritually mature. If we keep overcoming and endure through all our trials until the end, we will eventually become complete as the Father is complete.

This process takes a whole lifetime of learning and practice and it is not easy! But it is very much worthwhile and very necessary, as this training and practice will mold us into being the kind of instruments of peace that will be vital tools in doing God’s work on earth as commanded in Matthew 28:19-20.

And not only now in our present age, but more importantly in the future kingdom when God will use His tools (His children) to bring about reconciliation and peace to the remnant of Israel and to all those who will be part of the millennial kingdom; and from there they will be working with all who have ever lived when the rest of mankind is raised in the Main Fall Harvest of Humanity after the Millennium.

We are to Exemplify Peace to those Around Us As a Witness of God’s Peace

After we are reconciled to God and have entered into a covenant relationship with Him, He places us into His body, the Ekklesia, and as instruments of His peace we have the opportunity to work at being peacemakers among our family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and within the Ekklesia itself.

But sometimes, in fact, it seems like most of the time, we are fighting an uphill battle, for most of those whom we live and work amongst are not being called at this time; they are still very carnal and do not know how to live in peace. The apostle Paul describes what carnal mankind full of human nature is like:

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known: 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

In order to have peace with the people in the world who are not called at this time, (and this may sound oxymoronic) we have to constantly struggle to be peacemakers when we are surrounded with contentious people who do not know the way to live at peace with their neighbors. 

In order to live as followers of Christ we often have to go against the tide and the ways of the world that most are following for the people of the world are living in an anti-peace mode.  Carnal people are opposed to peace by being contentious and full of strife to one degree or another. 

The people of the world are not peacemakers. Everywhere you look there is some kind of strife, contention, family feuding, crimes, violence: finally “wars and threats of war” has been the legacy of mankind throughout its history since Cain and Abel.

We have to deal constantly with this mindset in others and even in ourselves, to the degree that we still have carnality in this area. As humans living in this present evil world, we have to live in the midst of a lack of peace on a daily basis while at the same time not conforming to how the world is living, but to look to Jesus as our example. 

As I was watching the Coho Salmon last fall in my area swimming upstream, it reminded me of my own upstream battle of trying to live a Christian life and especially of striving to live in peace in this chaotic world.  

Sometimes we feel like the fish who have to swim with all their might against the strong currents of a stream or river; in some areas the fish have to fight against rapids and turbulent waters; and sometimes they have to keep jumping until they hurdle the waterfalls in their paths in order to get to their destination. It is the same for the children of God who have to battle against the tide of this world in order to reach the Kingdom of God. 

Followers of Christ must pursue peace with all the tenaciousness of salmon swimming upstream in order to fight against the ways of this world and to bring the ways of peace to our lives and to those of others as much as it is possible. 

Our weapons are not as the carnal weapons of this world but our weapons are through God who helps us whenever we are up against the things and people who try to disrupt the peace and try to keep us from our goal of living for God.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

All those who are striving to live for God know and have experienced that it is not possible to live at peace with everyone at this time. Especially as we seek to please God in our lives and to obey what He commands, there will be many who just cannot accept that we desire to follow the ways of God and not walk in the ways that they follow (which are the ways of Satan).

It is most often the ones we are the closest to and the ones we love the most who can make life difficult and cause a lot of strife, contention, and heartache by their words, actions and rejection. And this is exactly as Christ warned that it would be for all who are called to follow Him.

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (See also Micah 7:5-6)

This is not easy but this is the price we must be willing to pay to be followers of Christ. God’s children must learn how to handle it and how to respond when we are subjected to their disagreement on how we should be living our lives, which is the very opposite of how they live their lives. And in the process we are learning to be peacemakers.

Both Peter and Paul give us instruction on how Christians are to respond when they find themselves up against those who oppose us.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation [conduct] honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 

And Jesus tells us we are to do good to those who hate us, returning blessings for cursing, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven”.

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

The World’s Definition of Peace Versus the Peace of God

To be at peace with God most often sets us at odds with the people in the world and we do not experience the type of peace that the world defines as peace. The world’s definition of peace means to have no troubles, to be prosperous and in good health; and to be in harmony with all even if it means tolerating evil or compromising with God’s Law in order to have peace (meanig: a lack of friction). Many believe that we must do our best to avoid offending others at all cost even if it means to stay silent in the face of lawlessness and teachings contrary to what God has to say in His Word.

But the peace of God is of a different kind of peace than just having the peace of no friction with our family members, friends, and others.

The people of the world and even many in the corporate COG’s do not seem to understand the need to put God first before all else including our religious leaders and the organizations who are teaching and demanding that we do as they say even when it is contrary to the Word of God. 

To tolerate and put up with such teachers and their false traditions is not the peace of God and is not what Jesus meant when He talked about peacemakers; but rather its those who obey God and put God first even when we have to oppose all those around us. If we seek God first, He promises to give us His kind of peace which is far higher than the absence of strife or contention.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace [Peace with God] I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he [the faithful trust in God and are at peace with God] trusteth in thee. 

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When we have this kind of peace with God, knowing that we are right with Him, then no matter what others are doing to us or saying about us, it does not really matter.

Those who are in training to be peacemakers are to continue to do what is right and to work at bringing goodness and well being to everyone, even when the recipients of our peace-making respond negatively to us. As we have opportunities to do so, we are instructed by Jesus on how to be examples of what it means to be peaceful and bringers of peace even when the whole world refuses to live at peace, and even when they oppose us for teaching what is right.

In this way we are to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world by showing the world what it means to make for peace even if others are persecuting and opposing us; just as Jesus exemplified in His life as the Messiah, while He lived in human flesh during the time He lived on earth.

We cannot control how others act or treat us, but we can choose to react in such ways that will exemplify the way of peace to them; and Jesus is our example.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

The apostle James shows us the way to have peace and he tells us that it is by first ridding ourselves of all bitter envying and strife within our hearts. He goes on to say that we obtain righteousness by being peaceable.  

In other words, the wisdom that comes from God is pure, it is also peaceful, gentle, and wants to do good. This wisdom is always merciful and ready to show compassion and is full of good fruit. The wisdom that comes from God is always just and sincere (not hypocritical) and the people who work for peace in a peaceful way will receive the blessings that come from righteous living.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

We are going to be given great power when we are resurrected to spirit beings therefore we must learn to master our emotions and never use our power as an expression of anger or retaliation but channel that power to do good for the benefit of all; the way that produces real peace.

To be a Peacemaker you have to have a HEART OF PEACE, and a heart of peace is one which has God’s laws written within it. God writes His law within His Called Out children which leads to the way of peace.

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:  31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

A Future Peace Filled Kingdom is Coming!

To be a peacemaker will most often disrupt our external peace as followers of Christ in this life: but we look forward to the everlasting peace that is coming.

Our goal in this life is to become the precursors of that peace which will some day envelop the whole earth. We are to show that peace to the world by the way we live, the way we love others, and also by bringing the “Message of Peace” as Jesus preached and taught in His lifetime to all who will hear and even to those who will not hear.

This is what the prophet Isaiah had to say about those who teach and live the Gospel of Peace:

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Paul reiterated this same statement in Romans 10:15 “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied the following concerning his eight day old infant son who would grow up to be John the Baptist. John, who made the way ready for the first coming of the Messiah, is also an example of what it means to be peacemaker.

Luke 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

This is what being a real peacemaker is about; to give the knowledge of salvation to others, to those who are being called now, but also to those who will be called in the future. 

My dear Brethren, this is our job too; we are to live and to promote peace even as we are in the midst of trials and turbulence and have to live in a world with those who hate peace. 

Even if people will not hear our Gospel message, our commission is to plant the seeds of the Gospel of truth in the minds of those in the world who refuse to hear God’s warnings and refuse to turn from their wicked ways at this time. 

Even though most will not heed God’s Words in this present evil world, someday those words (like seeds) will germinate and then our messages of peace will come to mind when they reach rock bottom as a result of loving sin and going after the ways of Satan.

When the people of the world come face to face with the rotten effects of what sin does they will call out to God to forgive them and to be reconciled with Him. 

At some point God is going to call every person and most will be ready to receive the Gospel of Peace after they have been humbled; they will want to find the way to lasting peace and they will then say to those who have overcome in this life and have qualified to become God’s teachers, “to guide our feet into the way of peace”.

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

If we are truly the children of God the Father and therefore a member of the spiritual body of Christ, we will reflect the same peaceable disposition of Jesus who is called the Prince of Peace. We will reflect the same characteristics and will manifest them to our families, our communities, the Ekklesia, and to the world.

To be a peacemaker entails the whole way we live our lives, every aspect of it, and is more complex than what most of the world assume a peacemaker to be.

Living God’s way and keeping all His commandments produces His type of peace within us. We are to be lights to those around us who behave in carnal ways that cause strife and contention. Even though they may mock us and think of us as fools for not striking back, nevertheless we provide them a witness of what it is to be one of God’s children.

Though a true Christian may have little or no control over others who are disrupting the peace this should not discourage us from living the kind of life that exemplifies the peacemaking way by doing good and seeking the highest good for everyone that crosses our path. 

In this way God uses us as the salt of the earth by exhibiting the peace of God wherever we go and in whatever situation we find ourselves.

In this way we will be preparing ourselves to be loving and effective peacemakers in the Millennial Kingdom when Christ comes to reign on earth.  To be a peacemaker, an instrument of God’s peace, is one of the highest goals we can aspire to and is worth all the efforts and sacrifices that it may take to be a peacemaker in a strife-filled world that knows no peace. God promises for those who learn the way of peace that their efforts will yield a glorious reward; a blessing when Christ returns to set up His Kingdom. At that time peace will begin at Jerusalem and will then go forth from there to fill the whole earth. 

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. 

A peace-filled world is coming and we can be builders of that world as children of the Most High God if we can learn to be peacemakers now while we have the opportunity to seek God and His righteousness; and we will be forever rewarded by living in a truly peace-filled environment that will become like the Garden of Eden.

Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Psalm 37:37  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.  37:38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.   

We have a time of trouble and severe correction up ahead for the children of Israel and the rest of the world as foretold as the time of Jacob’s trouble but it will only last a little while; and then we have much to look forward to as Isaiah tells us of the coming time Christ will reign on earth, a time when He will eradicate the evil doers and bring exuberant peace to the world and the earth will be filled with the glory of God.

Isaiah 43:15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 43:16 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 43:17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Now is the time to be fulfilling the commission that Christ gave to His disciples while we still have time to do so, and to do it with all of our mights in whatever capacity God makes available.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Who Are the Peacemakers?

The Peacemakers are the people of the New Covenant who have learned the way of peace as they went through the conversion process and by hard experiences in life.

The Peacemakers in turn seek peace on earth, not the kind of peace this world promotes, but the true Peace of God. God’s peace will be a peace of righteousness; of all men loving God with all of their hearts and loving their neighbors as one’s self. They will be the teachers and the shepherds (pastors) of the people living on into the Millennium and of those who will be raised up in the Main Fall Harvest of Humanity.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 

The Peacemakers that are trained and prepared in this life will be the laborers that help Christ reap the rest of humanity; of everyone who has ever lived and were not called during this lifetime; the peacemakers will help them to become sons of God even as they were made sons of God.

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

The Peacemakers will help Christ deliver the people from captivity and will go on to be their compassionate judges and and rulers.

Obadiah 1:21 And saviours [deliverers] shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In the ages to come there will be no more crying or pain because the former things (the curse of sin) will have past away.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The Peacemakers will help God to wipe away all tears from humanity’s eyes. O what a wonderous time that will be and what an honor and a privilege it is to be called to help God to bring peace to the earth; the kind of peace that stops pain and crying and even death for those who will be taught the way of peace.

Jeremiah 31:1 At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 

31:2 Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. 

31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 

31:4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. 

31:5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.

31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.

 31:7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. 

31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. 

31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. 

31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 

31:11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

God will deliver His people from the “one” that was stronger than they: Satan and his minions who hate peace and have been the enemies of peace ever since they rebelled against God. After Satan is restrained and put away, there will be peace throughout the whole earth, the kind of peace that mankind has never known since the Garden of Eden.

Isaiah 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

In Summary

Peace starts in the hearts of the men and women Called Out to be like God the Father and Jesus Christ, and soon their peace will take root and grow in the hearts of ALL men.

Peacemakers not only make peace; but they sow the seeds of peace that will last for all eternity, by learning, keeping and proclaiming the whole Word of God; and they will be God’s instruments by which the whole world will be taught how to live; how to keep God’s commandments that bring blessings and not curses; and that is why the people who make for peace shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are the peacemakers and all who work for peace now in this present age and in the ages to come; they will be called the children of God throughout all eternity.

Let us who are called to be God’s children strive with all our hearts to be instruments of God’s peace.

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Psalm 72 Commentary

Psalm 72 is a messianic psalm picturing a wonderful world that is coming and its King. It is ascribed to Solomon as per the superscription below the title but the last verse indicates that this could have been written by David and then given to Solomon to arrange possibly for use in Worship services; or it may have been written by Solomon, in honor of his father.

In any case, it is written with descriptions giving us a vision of what the coming Kingdom and its King will be like. This Psalm is a prophecy of Jesus Christ who will reign with righteous judgment in the soon coming millennial reign of Christ on earth. 

This Psalm was composed by either King David or King Solomon, who were themselves kings, reigning in a time when God’s laws and ordinances were being implemented in the nation of Israel, the people of God.

Solomon as a king himself, (in the first part of his reign) was described as a good and wise king. In 1st Kings 3:16-27  is the story of Solomon’s judgment in the case of the two women who both claimed to be the mother of the same child. 

Solomon, in his wise assessment of the situation used his wisdom to test the women and thereby perceive who really was the rightful mother. This was a fairly simple demonstration of wisdom, but this situation characterized how he would rule Israel in a much broader sense. “And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.” 1 Kings 3:28.

Hiram, the king of Tyre, when he heard the words of Solomon said of him, “And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.” 1 Kings 5:7

The Bible speaks of Solomon’s wisdom and all his achievements, but later in his reign we are told that King Solomon’s heart departed from following the ways of God by going after other gods, and the result of his sin lead to the rebellion and the tearing apart of the kingdom after he died.

So this Psalm may pertain to a small degree to the reign of Solomon in his beginning, but it appears to be prophetic looking forward to a time when the ultimate and final King will reign in the person of Jesus Christ when He returns to the earth to set up His kingdom.

Psalm 72:1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

The psalmist asks that his son Solomon be filled with the wisdom and judgments of God; that Solomon  be filled with the righteousness of God and with righteous judgments. 

The Hebrew word for judgment is  mishpat (Strong’s #4941) and basically means: a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) to pronounce judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree…. (Strong’s Concordance)

The English definition for judgment that fits best in this context is: an opinion formed by judging something; decisions based on the collection of rules imposed by authority; the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions. 

It can also mean good discernment based on a set of laws and considering all the factors involved in making a decision or judgment.

To make righteous judgments would mean to make judgments based on God’s Ten Commandments, and all of His ordinances, statutes, and His whole Word. 

Throughout the Bible, the Scriptures speak of God’s judgments as being based on His laws, but also based on His perfect assessment of the circumstances and all the factors involved, and tempered with His grace and mercy, as He makes decisions for the highest good of all concerned.

Psalm 119:137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

Psalm 72:2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. 72:3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

When Christ is judging in His Kingdom, He will do so in righteousness and on behalf of the poor; He will use His power to save the people and their children who are in need of His help and intervention. 

He shall put down all evil and wicked oppressors who take advantage of the poor. This will bring peace to the world; and it will be by righteousness and by the keeping of all of God’s ways and laws as administered by the government of God.

Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Psalm 72:5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

The inhabitants of the Kingdom will learn to fear Christ which means to be in wonder, awe, reverence, worship and obedience to Him and His government, and this fear will continue throughout time.

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Psalm 72:6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. 72:7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

After living in a sin filled world and having gone through the most horrible time in man’s history; the citizens living under Christ’s reign with His righteous laws and judgments and His mercy will at last know real peace, the kind that will seem so refreshing, like a rain on a sun parched land that has had no water for a long time; but after receiving the much needed watering, will flourish again.

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.  85:10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. 72:9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 72:11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

Christ will reign supreme and He will be honored throughout the earth as the Great King over all the earth. The kings and the nations will be able to see at that time that the laws, statutes and judgments are very righteous and that they are very good.

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

Psalm 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. 72:13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 72:14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 72:15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. 72:16  There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

The Great King will reign with great kindness and mercy and by His righteous, just governance violence will cease and the earth will flourish with richness and abundance; there will be no lack for anyone and hunger will be no more; for then the earth will furnish it’s great bounty to the inhabitants. The earth will be filled with peace.

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?  for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 72:18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

The Lord’s titles: Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace will describe who He is and He will reign for all eternity. 

He will soon be here, sitting on the throne of David in all His splendor; His blessings will go throughout the earth and there will be PEACE on earth at last, and His name will be glorious because He is a GLORIOUS King and all the earth will be filled with His GLORY!

Psalm 72:20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.


Constance Belanger and James Malm

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