I did not know what to talk about in the Ladies Group.
“Speak to them about Micah”
“Oh Lord,” I said, “They won’t understand words from Micah”
But I took my bible in hand, turned over the pages, and my mind went back to the pea pod, and looked around at the red poppies held in readiness for the coming 100th anniversary of the 1914 Armistice day, and there it was the second ‘p” ~ Peace.
“But in the days to come
Yahweh’s Temple Mountain will tower above the mountains, rise higher than the hills.
Then the peoples will stream to it, then many nations will come and say,
‘Come we will go up to Yahweh’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so that he may teach us His ways and we may walk in His Paths, for the Law issues from Zion and Yahweh’s word from Jerusalem.’
He will judge between many peoples and arbitrate between mighty nations. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into bill-hooks. Nation will not lift sword against nation or ever again be trained to make war. But each man will sit under his vine and fig tree with no one to trouble him. The mouth of Yahweh Sabaoth has spoken.
For all peoples go forward, each in the name of its god, while we go forward in the name of Yahweh our God for ever and ever.
I had been considering Jesus as our High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, King of Salem (Salem means peace) and now I saw Him clothed in shining white, His face veiled, and in my heart I understand the reason why.
Since Cain slew Abel, mankind has struggled, over this and that, who can count the wars, who can number the slain? How many oceans of tears have been shed to mingle with the blood of innocents and warriors… all because of sin.
“Seek peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one can see the LORD. Be careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God, and that no root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble, this can poison a large number’
“As much as possible, and to the utmost of your ability, be at peace with everyone. Never try to get revenge, leave that my dear friends, to the Retribution”
“Turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.”
Peace and holiness go together, King David, valiant man of God that he was, was not allowed to build the Temple of the Lord because He had been a man who had known bloodshed… maybe because the Lord knew that the Temple (which the Lord had not asked of David or of anyone else,) would come to be so closely identified with the True Tabernacle built like the heavenly Jerusalem without hands … our God is Holy, the blood of Abel called to Him from the ground and He called Cain to account for it…. as our little group of ladies called to mind, and prayed for all those who have given their lives in service and defence of country and loved ones, as we prayed for the victims of war, remembered widows and orphans… we also bought to mind, the Lord Jesus, High Priest, King of peace, beaten beyond recognition crucified,
A man of Sorrows, familiar with suffering, one from whom as it were, we averted our gaze, despised for whom we had no regard. Yet ours were the sufferings He was bearing, ours the sorrows He was carrying, while we thought of Him as someone being punished and struck with affliction by God, whereas He was being wounded for our rebellions, crushed because of our guilt; the punishment reconciling us fell on Him, and we have been healed by His bruises.
The peace which we have with God was made and won for us by the Immaculate, sinless Lamb of God, so horrific His wounds, that on the morning of the Resurrection His dear friend Mary did not recognise Him!
Those dear tokens of His Passion
Still His dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To his ransomed worshippers:
With what rapture
gaze we on those glorious scars,
All scriptures taken from N.J.B.
Micah 4. 1-5
Blessed be the peacemakers, they shall be recognised as children of God