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September 30, 2021 2:00 am
One of the easiest things in the world is to march for peace; one of the hardest things in the world is to make peace. In the message "Making What Everybody Wants," Skip shares how you can be the peacemaker God has called you to be.
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Peacemaking as part of our calling because in the list of Beatitudes blessings that Jesus is describing his followers with gifts, traverse silences and blessed blissful fortune satisfied how happy are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God promised his people have his peace because you know that making peace is something God calls his people to connect with Skip Heitzig today as he shares what it means to be a peacemaker for God or Jew, being when you are right now want to tell you about a great resource that shines in light of what's happening in the Middle East, New York Times best-selling author Joel Rosenberg is now based in Jerusalem and he's releasing the new nonfiction book enemies and allies I traveled with Joel to the middle of the cities to meet with Kings Crown Prince. We sat together on the east lawn of the White House for the signing of the historic Abraham accord and I previewed his new book enemies and allies. I can tell you it contains never before published quotes from behind closed door meetings with some of the most powerful and mysterious leaders in the Middle East. You will want to read enemies and allies by Joel Rosenberg includes insights and analysis of the authors conversation is what is needed. Leaders meet's house person language means income to meet the most interesting consequence leaders enemies and allies by Joel Rosenberg includes insights and analysis from the authors conversations with some of the most controversial leaders in the world will send you a hardcover copy of enemies and allies.
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Great story about a little girl who was doing her homework the night in father noticed how diligent she was getting it done. Look up oh dad said sweetheart what are you doing she's a daddy I'm writing an essay for my class on how to achieve world peace was impressed that his little girl was writing an essay about an he just sort of remarkable. That's a pretty tall order for one little girl and she shot back and said oh no, daddy. There are three of us in class working on. I love the optimism of a girl who thinks that three kids can change the world. The three kids can bring peace on earth, but given the track record of people in the past she's not going to do any worse of a job than what has been done by some in the past. The Bible opens with peace.
It's a garden the peace since the Garden of Eden and the Bible also closes with peace. It's the eventual peace on earth that the Messiah is going to bring so we deal with a block that opens with peace and closes with P but between those two points. The Garden of Eden in the garden of eternity. There has been anything but peace in the world and the history that is filled with conflict, even though there are been pretty noble attempts to bring peace and to ensure peace one of those not.
Notable examples from the New Testament era is called the pox Romana, the pox Romana is a Latin term for the Roman peace. The Romans were pretty successful at bringing it stability around the world by ridding the sea of pirates and rating roads of Thebes and with the iron fist of the Roman army, ensuring a peaceful existence for most people that are ruled over. That was the pox Romana.
In more recent times over something called the pox Britannica, which is also a Latin term for the British piece that was during the 18 and 1900s or the early 1800s to the early 1900s, about a century of peace where through their efforts.
They brought stability to the more modern world which enabled economic growth and development. But something happened after that but shattered all of our hopes that any country was going to bring a lasting peace. It was called World War I. Yeah. When that happens, like all bets are off and then after World War I came World War II and as soon as World War II ended in 1945, a group of people got together.
October 24, 1945 and decided they would form. Finally in agency to bring world peace was called the United Nations looks. I didn't quite make it today.
United Nations mission statement is we are about the maintenance of international peace and security. That's a pipe dream. Because from that date October 24, 1945 until this day. There has not been a single day of peace in the world. Not one.
I have a quote from an interesting source in Canada called the Canadian Army Journal, which notes that since 3600 BC 3.64 billion people have been killed in conflict and the value of the property destroyed is equal to a golden belt that would go all the way around the earth and the measurements of that belt would be 97.2 miles wide, almost 100 miles wide and 33 feet thick. That's just the value of property that is lost in all of those conflicts of what this tells us is that mankind has this endless capacity for conflict for war for not experiencing peace so what can we do. Is there a role for us to play in this crazy world. And the answer of course is yes, there is. It is the role of a peacemaker. It was the role that Jesus addresses in the sermon on the Mount in the seventh beatitude beatitude is the blessings that Jesus gives to his followers in Matthew chapter 5 verse nine as part of that list. He says blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God were to consider that verse were to consider the concept of peacemaking and then we can look at a really good example of that. In Genesis 32 and 33 between two brothers Jacob and Esau, who had been estranged, but made, but there's a special word that this beatitude begins with hence the name beatitude and it's the word blessed is used in all of the Beatitudes. The Jesus gives in the sermon on the Mount, and I suppose if ever there were a Christian word. It would be this one blessed or blessed. We use it in our conversations no way we say what a blessing or we say have a blessed day or before a meal we say blessing for the food or down South Hill look at you and say bless your heart, which I discovered isn't always a compliment down South that that sort of phrase that covers a multitude of sins. Here they may be talking smack about you, but in the safe after the Takeda's visit. But, bless his heart, but it's a it's a common idea blasts or blessing.
The word that Jesus uses in all of these Beatitudes, including in verse nine. Blessed are the peacemakers is the Greek word Makarios and Makarios is a word that means fortunate blissful or happy.
Think of it that way. Happy happy are the peacemakers. What's interesting about that is, if you read the Beatitudes. They don't sound like it's the stuff. Happiness is made out of. It sounds counterintuitive.
For example, in verse three Blessed are the poor in spirit, or about verse four. Blessed are those who mourn what so happy about morning or Blessed are the meek. In verse five.
Or how about verse 10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, that does not sound like happiness to most people. That sounds like misery with another name, but when Jesus uses the term. He's not speaking about the outward blasts or an outward situation as much as an inward condition. I think a better way to translate. Blessed is satisfied it. It's as if to say, no matter what's happening on the outside, you will be satisfied on the inside that's blessed.
It's not a temporary feeling of blessed it's a deep supernatural contentedness.
Now, with that I want to explore this concept of making peace and I want to give you a fourfold explanation of first let's begin with the definition peacemaking defined. There is a single word in verse nine, peacemaker that is grabbing our attention for this message. Blessed are the peacemakers is a beautiful word.
I'm knocking to say it in the Greek language because we need here and it doesn't sound like a beautiful word but it is a beautiful concept. It speaks about a person who either brings in a level of peace or restores peace that has been lost. So it somebody who cultivates peace it someone who brings harmony where there was previous hostility in classical Greek peacemaker was an agent, usually of a government who would go out and plead for peace between warring parties are warring tribes. Sometimes it was used to describe a strong ruler who would establish peace by force like the pox Romana that was peace by force or the United Nations. Did you know that the United Nations has a group within a called the United Nations peacekeeping task force. Anytime you have to put peace and force in the same title you know your you got problems. United Nations peacekeeping task force.
In other words, the only way to keep peace is to threaten war were going to enforce it and honor. If you knew this or not but there was in our arsenal.
Up until a few years ago and ICBM in the American nuclear arsenal called the peacemaker there that'll do it right and we got one of these things, you better watch yourself. We got one of these babies that peacemaker the LGM 18 Intercontinental Intercontinental ballistic missile.
Somebody once said Washington has lots of peace monuments rebuild one after every war we have seen diplomatic peacemakers go all over the world.
They go in with this conflict they get parties to sign some document so that for three weeks. Nobody's killing somebody else.
But that's not very lasting because after a while they pick up their arms again and they go at it again. It never lasts what they should do is send in the real peacemaker in the real take peacemakers are God's children who know what it is to be forgiven by a holy God, and based upon that love and forgiveness have the wherewithal to make peace horizontally they would do a far better job they would share the gospel they would do evangelism, they would share of God's forgiveness for them and peace for them.
We've had enough of worldly peacemakers and their continued failure.
Nobody's been able to do it.
No one has been able to bring peace. In fact, the Bible even predicts that there is someone who is coming in the future.
The ultimate peacemaker goes by an interesting title. The antichrist is gonna bring peace to world filled with conflict in the Bible says when everybody goes. Peace. Peace then sudden destruction comes upon them like a woman in labor so this man of peace is really just a harbinger of future conflict so peacemaking is part of our calling because in the list of Beatitudes blessings that Jesus is describing his followers with. He gets to verse nine and says blessed blissful fortunate satisfied. Oh how happy are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Did you know the peacemaking is very important to God's an important theme for God's children.
It is not the job of politicians is not the job of presidents. It is not the job of diplomats. It is not the job of Prime Minister's it is not the job of lawyers is not the job of Kings. It is not the task of Nobel Peace Prize winners is the calling for God's children. Psalm 34 verse 14 says turn away from evil and do good seek peace and pursue it. Romans 14 verse 19.
Let us pursue the things which make for peace and which edify one another. Hebrews 1214 pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord now. I think there is a single word in the New Testament that best describes the idea of peace making and that is the word reconcile reconciliation. It is used of for what God has done for us and it is used as the basis that God expects us to pull off with one another in second Corinthians 518 was put this up on the screen read together.
Do not read it out loud or read to you, but you can follow along all this is from God, reconciled.
Notice the word as he repeats the idea, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them, and he is committed to us the message of reconciliation. Sale word is all over the place in a single verse reconcile what is a mean it's the workout, a lasso which means to change or to alter completely to change thoroughly so the idea is in reconciling you change the relationship you bring peace where there was hostility in a relationship, alter it completely thoroughly. You turn hostility into friendship. If we were reading the new living translation or the living Bible, the old living Bible, it translates the word reconcile in a very different way it translates it to clear the path to clear the path it says God has cleared a path for everything to come to him. That's God's reconcile is clear the path so we could illustrate that right. Let's say were walking someplace. We have a let's get the path of messed up. Shelley said the these are obstacles in the passages make a couple more, so there's I'm getting from there. There okay so if I'm walking from here to there and I'm not looking where I'm going. There are obstacles in the path I'm going to get hurt to fall down on the stumble so if I reconcile if I want to bring two parties together. I clear the path right. I movie these things out of the way right. I clear it and when I clear that I have reconciled so that this party on the side in this party and this I can come together.
That's what it is to make peace to reconciled to clear the path so that everything or everyone can come to him. So God is cleared the path for us. God cleared the path on the cross he reconciled us to God. And because he's done that he's given us a very clear calling as we just read.
He is given us the ministry of reconciliation and the message of reconciliation to understand how this works.
Vertical reconciliation God doing it to us is what produces horizontal reconciliation us doing it to others. Right it's like everything else, like forgiveness, we forgive because we been forgiven. Forgive us our debts as we forgive those who have trespass against us. We love because God loved us so when we experience that reconciliation. That path clearing experience. We are then equipped to do it and are called to do it for others. So we are God's diplomats were his messengers of peace. That's peacemaking defined. Let's look at a second that is peacemaking demonstrated for that. I want you to go back to that passage, I told you to pre-Mark Genesis chapter 32 Genesis chapter 32 verse one. It's as Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. Jacob saw them. He said this is God's camp. Always good to go camping with God and he called the name of that place behind name, which means double camp to camps God scamper my camp.
Then Jacob sent messengers before and he saw his brother in the land of seer in the country of Edom, and he commanded them, saying speak thus to my Lord Esau. Thus, your servant Jacob says I have dwelt with Laban and stayed there until now I have oxen, donkeys, Phlox male and female servants, and I've sent to tell my Lord that I may find favor in your sight, brother. I want to make peace with you.
I want to clear the path I want to let bygones be by God. Now I thought of a whole different array of examples that we could look at in Scripture about people who made peace. Some notable examples. One of them is Jonathan Jonathan.
The son of King Saul, King Saul and David were at odds with each other. Jonathan sought to step in between them and bring them together as a peacemaker. It's a good example. Another good example is Abigail the wife of Nate ball in the first Samuel 25, her husband, Mabel Nabel means fool, and he looked up to his name because one time when David protected his employees. Nabel's employees and then later on ask for just a little bit of food to sustain David's own troops.
Nabel refused and so David said let's just attack this guy and wipe them out.
While his wife found out about Abigail, and she went with the gift Brad raisin cakes grain and presented them to David and humbled herself before David and brought peace.
She was the peacemaker. She's a good example of 1000 example of a peacemaker in the New Testament when he took a vowel of the Nazirite and paid for others to take that route just to assuage the feelings of legalistic Jews were having a hard time with Gentile believers. So all of those are good examples of peacemakers. I would even say an evangelist is a good example of a peacemaker. Anybody who shares the gospel is a peacemaker because he's bringing the gospel of peace. Even though by bringing the gospel of peace. There might be like a little bit of a war thing that happens because unbelievers don't want to hear it. The gospel can bring a sword, but he is bringing the message of peace. The message of reconciliation. You might say a peacemaker, somebody who's not content to go to heaven alone its evangelism but I want to consider this example we have just read two brothers who had been estranged would been apart for years Jacob and Esau. Jacob stole his brother's blessing years before dressed himself up like his brother made himself smell bad like his brother went into his blind old dad and got dad's blessing tricked him and then ran away because he saw when he found out said I'm gonna kill Jacob to kill my brother will years have passed since then. Jacob is been with uncle Laban now is coming back as God told him to go back but as he's coming back. He hears that Esau is on the move and coming toward him.
Jacob immediately wants to make peace with his brother Annie and he says in verse five.
This gift that I am giving you these animals are get to that in a minute.
He says that I may find favor in your side that we can finally make peace that the bad blood between us can be erased. I want to be a peacemaker. Did you know it says in Romans chapter 12.
Listen to this verse. If it is possible.
I'm glad Paul said that if it is possible. As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men listen to that. That's a great verse. You and I should live by. If it is possible.
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