“The Things Which Belong Unto Thy Peace”

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“If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!” (Lk. 19:42). What are those things, the things God gave to the Jewish people, which belong unto their peace?

God gave the Jewish people the testimony of His prophets. Whenever they were threatened by their enemies outside their borders or by the sins within them, the prophets gave their people messages that assured them that God was with and that He would protect them. This understanding will be made clear in the last days, for He will soon guide their feet into the way of peace (Lk. 1:79).

The peace that belongs to the Jews is not simply rest from those who threaten and persecute them. It is the spiritual peace that can only come from trusting in God, a peace that is not troubled or frightened when it is threatened. It is a peace that no man can measure. This is the peace that God always meant for the Jews to have, as indicated by His purpose for Israel to be a nation of priests (Gen. 19:6).

The sacrifices, the high holidays, and the numerous services of the sanctuary were meant to keep His people’s eyes fixed on Him. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isa. 26:3). This was the spiritual peace Elisha the prophet enjoyed when the host of Syria surrounded him and his servant on every side (2 Kings 6:11-17).

“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16).

There are many who, even now, work evil under the banner of Christ. They believe that their actions against the Jewish people are somehow justified. But those who do these things have not known the way of peace (Rom. 3:17). God is the author of peace in all the churches of the saints, and peace is one of the fruits that come from those who have known Him (1 Cor. 14:33; Gal. 5:22).

The God of love and peace calls us to live peaceably with all men and to follow the things which made for peace (Rom. 12:18, 14:19, 2 Cor. 13:11). His peace keeps our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7). Those who violate His word through such actions against the Jews plainly testify that they know not the way of peace. They do not know God. In working evil against the Jews, they work evil against Him and nothing good ever comes from warring against the Lord.

Let none underestimate the God of the Jews, for the Lord is sending them the good tidings, the things which belong unto their peace in the last days. The testimony of the prophets will do their appointed their work and they will know for themselves the peace that comes to every man that worketh good (Rom. 2:10). The God of peace will deliver them and the troubler of Israel, Satan, will be bruised under their feet shortly (Gen. 3:15; Rom. 16:20)

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