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Deep Thoughts With Jerome on Peace

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A Prayer for Peace

“Gott, wir fühlen uns so ohnmächtig
angesichts der Eskalation der Gewalt im Nahen Osten
und der andauernden Konflikte anderswo.
Bewahre uns davor,
uns anstecken zu lassen von menschenverachtenden Urteilen!”

Du Gott des Friedens,
wir bringen vor dich
unser Entsetzen
über so viel Gewalt und Blutvergießen
auf unserer Erde.

Wie lange noch
sollen die das Gesetz des Handelns vorgeben,
die voller Hass sind
und skrupellos den Tod anderer Menschen planen.

Wie lange noch
müssen Unschuldige leiden
und in ständiger Angst leben?
Wir sehen die Schrecken des Krieges
in den Gesichtern so vieler Kinder,
die um ihre Kindheit betrogen werden,
und möchten schreien vor Empörung.

Gott, wir fühlen uns so ohnmächtig
angesichts der Eskalation der Gewalt im Nahen Osten
und der andauernden Konflikte anderswo.
Bewahre uns davor,
uns anstecken zu lassen von menschenverachtenden Urteilen!

Beende du doch den Terror und das Gemetzel!
Und pflanze ein neues Herz,
das für Versöhnung schlägt in die Rachsüchtigen.
Gott, breite doch endlich Frieden aus
Über unsere zerrissene Welt!   (Via)

When the Prince of Peace Comes…

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Or, as the Common English Bible has it- ‘Then they will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools.’

I like very much what Keil has to say about this saying from Isaiah 2:4-

Since the nations betake themselves in this manner as pupils to the God of revelation and the word of His revelation, He becomes the supreme judge and umpire among them. If any dispute arise, it is no longer settled by the compulsory force of war, but by the word of God, to which all bow with willing submission.

With such power as this in the peace-sustaining word of God (Zec 9:10), there is no more need for weapons of iron: they are turned into the instruments of peaceful employment, into ittim (probably a synonym for ethim in 1Sa 13:21), plough-knives or coulters, which cut the furrows for the ploughshare to turn up and mazmeroth, bills or pruning-hooks, with which vines are pruned to increase their fruit-bearing power. There is also no more need for military practice, for there is no use in exercising one’s self in what cannot be applied. It is useless, and men dislike it.

There is peace, not an armed peace, but a full, true, God-given and blessed peace.

It is in war that the power of the beast culminates in the history of the world. This beast will then be destroyed. The true humanity which sin has choked up will gain the mastery, and the world’s history will keep Sabbath. And may we not indulge the hope, on the ground of such prophetic words as these, that the history of the world will not terminate without having kept a Sabbath? Shall we correct Isaiah, according to Quenstedt, lest we should become chiliasts?

“The humanitarian ideas of Christendom,” says a thoughtful Jewish scholar, “have their roots in the Pentateuch, and more especially in Deuteronomy. But in the prophets, particularly in Isaiah, they reach a height which will probably not be attained and fully realized by the modern world for centuries to come.”

Yet they will be realized. What the prophetic words appropriated by Isaiah here affirm, is a moral postulate, the goal of sacred history, the predicted counsel of God.

Sometimes the ‘oldies’ really are the good ones. And I don’t know about you, but the cessation of all conflict would be very welcome.

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Peaceful Peacemaking

Via Bob

If you’ve ever asked the question, “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Why aren’t Palestinians using non-violent means to achieve peace in Israel/Palestine?,” here is your answer: They are. The media simply aren’t covering it, and neither the Israeli or Palestinian (nor the US) governments want to recognize it because they are too busy ramping up their military theater actors to look good for the thirsty media, play to their fundamentalist bases, a … Read More

via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill

On Peace

The righteous man has peace with God but affliction in the world, because he lives in the Spirit.

The unrighteous man has peace with the world but affliction and tribulation with God, because he lives in the flesh.

But as the Spirit is eternal, so also will be the peace of the righteous man and the tribulation of the unrighteous.

And as the flesh is temporal, so will be the tribulation of the righteous and the peace of the unrighteous. — Martin Luther

Congratulations to Ingrid Hjelm!

Ingrid is to be awarded The Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement later this month! She certainly deserves it!

I’m certain you’ll join me in congratulating her as well.

She’s a genuinely warm and wonderful person.  And she’s a very fine scholar too!

Thousands of Israelis March for a Palestinian State

Ha’aretz informs us that

Around 5,000 people took part in a march in central Tel Aviv on Saturday evening supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.  The march ended with a rally at the Tel Aviv Museum. MKs Dov Khenin (Hadash) and Zahava Galon (Meretz) and playwright Yehoshua Sobol gave speeches.

God bless them.  And how right are they to note

“Members of the U.S. Congress won’t be the ones who will pay the price of the next war,” Sobol said. “When Netanyahu said no to the 1967 borders, he said no to peace.”

Congress never bears the burden of their decisions nor does it care how those decisions affect other people.

Further

Numerous leftist political parties and groups – including Labor, Meretz, Hadash, the Derech faction of Kadima, the National Left, Peace Now and Gush Shalom – participated in the march.  Marchers held signs reading “Palestinian state – An Israeli interest”, “Bibi, recognize the Palestinians” and “Yes, we KEN [which means ‘yes’ in Hebrew]”, among others.

God bless them.  May their tribes increase.

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