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Most of this post involves excerpts from scripture. I happen to think the parallels are interesting, but please carefully consider context if you choose to read what I’ve shared here. Thank you.
Luke 2:10-11, 14
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
*Psalm 122 (of David. I only shared the last half)
This is really interesting when compared to the announcement of the angel regarding Christ’s birth.*
Psalm 122:6-9 (ESV)Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
*And Jesus’ teaching:*
Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
*But then….Upon His rejection, Jesus also mourned over the beloved City*
Matthew 23:37-39 (ESV)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
See, your house is left to you desolate.
For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”
*But note that Jesus said “until you say…”. So, we are to continue to pray for peace (with God, through faith in Christ) because the epic story of the redemption of Jerusalem isn’t finished, yet*
1 Timothy 2:1-4(ESV) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Romans 11:25-29 (ESV) Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
*May God’s provision of peace be made known throughought the earth. And may His holy city be blessed forever*