BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS Dr. Joseph LuxumNew Wine Publishing © All Rights ReservedPage 2
As we go further into the causes of death on earth your eyes shall be opened, and with yourpermission you will be invited to become a peacemaker in a real sense of the word. Jesus said in Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Happy, lucky, fortunate and rich in God’s grace are the peacemakers as opposed to war-makers who only see the limited territory over which they readily fight. But the wordCALLED (Greek
) can be used in a variety of applications, directly or other- wise; like to bid or summon or even invite, to call forth or to name. In the above verse theNASB translates it as CALL, also KJV. As we come closer to understanding that one short verse; we extract from it very rich meaning like this one: we are called to be peacemakers, weare invited to lay aside our war like ways by seeing higher and better reality. The proverbial turning of a cheek; giving a shirt when one is asked for a coat, or going twomiles when one is being asked to go just one clearly speaks of sonship and of course thepeacemakers.
[Matthew 5:9] “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Jesus continued to expound upon the truth of peacemaking.
[40-41] “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. And whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.”
It is not doing something by force or dry obedience to His word for that in itself is only re-ligion. At the end of this chapter Jesus said that the Gentiles do that for they act like slaves when they are told to; or act the natural way, which is to greet back when one is greeted, andreturn love when one is shown love.God chose Israel to be the light unto the Gentiles, (Isaiah 42:6) hence it was Israel that wascalled to be the initiator of peace, joy, love and blessing. Someone must start doing it.NOTE: A Jewish man of Alexandria in Egypt wrote the Book of Wisdom. He was a pure Jew, not a Kenite, and his primary reason for writing was the edification of his fellow broth-ers in faith in times of suffering and oppression at the hands of apostate fellow Jews. Hisname is not known, but like Sirach he was a peacemaker. The evidence of this is his compas-sion, encouragement and wisdom.
[42-43] “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to bor-row from you.
One is the standard, having the attitude of a peacemaker rather than doing something in or-der to glean vain satisfaction. Many humanists today do good works; some do it from theheart while others do it for an appeasement of those restless thoughts and troubled feelings.Still, others do it to raise more funds and in the process make a living out of charity.