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Shabbat Shalom are two Hebrew words that mean Sabbath Peace.


We can have the peace and calmness that the Hebrew word Shalom means. Obtaining a peace like Nirvana is possible. Wholeness and being complete is the other meaning of the word. Jesus used the word Shalom often.


Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.


You probably have known someone who is a peace maker. You also have probably known someone that is not a peace maker. There are three areas in our lives that we as humans need peace ( shalom ).


Our first peace is peace with God. Everything was good in Genesis at creation until sin entered the garden. No matter what we do – it will never be good enough. We must have something outside of ourselves to restore us to fellowship and be close to God. We need God.


Judges 6:24
So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.


Yahweh Shalom means God is Peace.


Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born,
      Unto us a Son is given;
      And the government will be upon His shoulder.
      And His name will be called
      Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
     
Ephesians 2:12-18
That at that time you 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. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Christ Our Peace
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


Jesus came to restore Shalom. The Ultimate act of Shalom is the cross. We also need peace with each other. This is the second peace we need and it is all about our humanity and human relationships.


Ephesians 4:3
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Romans 12:18
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.


We need to have peace with God first then peace with others will be fruit of our first relationship.


Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.


Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


The difference between the good life and the Godly life is centered in peace. Sometimes the sea is very turbulent at the surface. When you go diving in turbulent waters, the further down you go the calmer the water becomes.


Adventist Radio broadcasts the Gospel of Hope about Jesus and His Teachings all over the world in many languages. Adventist Radio is reaching into Muslim nations. People are learning about forgiveness, service to others and peace. Some of these Muslim people are accepting Jesus and have become secret Christians as they have to hide their faith in a Muslim nation. These Christians are peacemakers.


The last peace is with ourselves. We will have peace in our own heart when we first have peace in God and with Humanity. My prayer for you is to be a peacemaker and that you can also share this peace with others in a world that is desperately needing hope and peace.

This sermon was given by Pastor Tim Williams on Saturday, 11 June 2011 at Bellingham Seventh-day Adventist church. He is the youth pastor from North Cascades SDA church.

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