2.22.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 27. Peace.

Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Eirene is the Greek word for peace, and Matthew recorded the Beatitudes in Greek. Jesus, however, spoke Aramaic, a form of Hebrew. The Hebrew word is shalom, and it is to that word that we go to understand this beatitude. Shalom is more than the absence of strife; it is the presence of harmony and brotherhood.

Jesus pronounces blessings, not on those who avoid confrontation, but on those who make peace. The avoidance of confrontation may simply allow evil to rampage unfettered. The making of peace, paradoxically, may involve force. 

One example….During the civil rights upheaval of the 1960s, a member of my congregation criticized Martin Luther King for causing trouble. He said that trouble followed King wherever he went, proving that King must be a troublemaker. It was difficult for him to understand that King might be a peacemaker rather than a troublemaker—and that the true evil might lie on the side of the segregationists.

So…peace. I love the use of the word Shalom here which translated is more about the absence of strife. Strife mean an angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; a conflict.

We find ourselves each day struggling with strife. Strife wears us down. Makes us long for it’s absence. It makes us long for a bit of shalom in our life.

Today. How is strife pulling you away from God? How is strife handled in your day to day. Seek peace. I firmly believe that the more that we seek peace in our lives, the more we become peacemakers in the lives of those around us.

3 Comments

  1. Peggy F on February 22, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Peace, Shalom ! So much more than words. A ” place” to reside in. That ” peace of God” that we know from Phil 3 4-6 that we know so well, Rejoice in the Lord , always. Again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men. ‘The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the ” peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds, through Christ Jesus,

    Jesus , the only door, to that shalom, that peace that passes all our human understanding. I love to read Jesus words in John 14 and 15…………as He told his disciples…” let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me……..and oh so much more He said to bring comfort, knowing the circumstances that would be about to become reality would rip them apart. /we all have circumstances that try to rip us apart too…………rest in Jesus, in the peace only He can bring.

  2. Jonathan B on February 22, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Amen. Well said

  3. Sherri H on February 23, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Amen indeed

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