Mystery of Peace

How can there be a mystery to peace? It seems so straight forward: no arguing, no conflict, turn the other cheek, donʼt make a wave. The psalmist tells us to seek peace and to pursue it. (Ps 34:14) Yeshua exhorts us that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt 5:9). The irony of this understanding of peace struck me as I realized that often peace is the result of war. Perhaps the peacemaker has to be able to think “war” in order to negotiate peace? Maybe “peace at all costs” does not mean backpedaling into your destruction, but a willingness to bear the cost of waging war. The Israelites, under Godʼs direction did not wage peace to secure their peace, but they waged war to secure peace in the land of Canaan.
Interestingly, Yeshuaʼs premillennial appearance is with a sharp sword coming from his mouth, seated on a white horse of war (Rev 19:11 et seq, especially verse 21). Following this battle is the thousand-year reign of Yeshua. But, then again, ultimate peace requires yet another, even greater battle–this one raining down from heaven itself (Rev 20:7 et seq, especially the last sentence of verse 9). Finally–peace. The ultimate peace of Jerusalem comes as the New Jerusalem descends onto the new earth (Rev 21:1). The eternal shalom of God manifests when, as the word says: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4).

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