Peace and Reconciliation (The Bible’s Impact on Acts of Mercy [Apr 12])


Are you living your life as a peacemaker? Are you someone who is helping bring reconciliation to the world around you? Where do you find your peace? How do you know what it takes to be a peacemaker? Have you been reconciled? Have you received the gift of forgiveness? Have you given the gift of forgiveness? Do you realize there is freedom through reconciliation? Do you realize the forgiveness is the key to true freedom?

Do you realize that Jesus is the perfect example? Have you encountered and started a relationship with Jesus? Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to come into your life as the comforter and guide? Will you allow Jesus into your heart so that the peace that surpasses all understanding can guard your heart? So how are you going to choose to live the rest of your life? Will you take hold of the promises of eternity with God or will you choose to try to do life and the afterlife apart from God? God’s hope and desire is that none would perish but find eternal life through Jesus Christ. Without Jesus the penalty is eternity apart from God. With Jesus the reward is a life we can live to the full and eternity with God!

In John 10:10, we see and read why Jesus came in comparison to the devil’s purpose…

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

–from John 10:10

Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Isaiah 19 where we hear about the vision of peace and reconciliation…

An Oracle Concerning Egypt

An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them. And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight, each against another and each against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom; and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out, and I will confound their counsel; and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers, and the mediums and the necromancers; and I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a hard master, and a fierce king will rule over them, declares the Lord God of hosts. And the waters of the sea will be dried up, and the river will be dry and parched, and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away. There will be bare places by the Nile, on the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched, will be driven away, and will be no more. The fishermen will mourn and lament, all who cast a hook in the Nile; and they will languish who spread nets on the water. The workers in combed flax will be in despair, and the weavers of white cotton. Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed, and all who work for pay will be grieved. The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish; the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel. How can you say to Pharaoh, “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings”? Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you that they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt. The princes of Zoan have become fools, and the princes of Memphis are deluded; those who are the cornerstones of her tribes have made Egypt stagger. The Lord has mingled within her a spirit of confusion, and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. And there will be nothing for Egypt that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.

Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed

In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them. In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord , and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.

from Isaiah 19

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of Acts of Mercy points to an organization (Highway 19 Ministries) that’s vision was based on the peace and reconciliation we read in Isaiah 19:23-25 which says…

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

from Isaiah 19:23-25

which details and describes a time of peaceful relations between Israel, Egypt, and Assyria.

Apr 12 - Isaiah 19_23-25 - Serving refugees in the middle east - Peace and Reconciliation - Shoe Project

Imagine being a part of the people in the middle east who are being displaced and having to flee their homes. Imagine the needs of the adults and the children. With the walking imagine the need for shoes. Imagine being able to help equip them and train them up as the next round of leaders in the area. The acts of mercy taking place out of the response to God’s Word. God’s Word has impact around the world and I praise God that today’s is speaking to the acts of mercy taking place for His glory.

 

Where are you at today? Are you wandering? Are you feeling all alone? That isn’t God’s plan or desire. God desires for each of us to have a relationship with Him. Would you consider inviting Him into your life today? Would you consider opening up your heart to allow Him in to help you? Let’s pray together…

Sample Sinners Prayer


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and for this incredible journey through Your Word focusing daily on the impact is has and had throughout history. Lord thank You for providing a new pivot for me to have as I read Your Word and look at ways to apply it and allow its impact to impact the lives of the people around me. Help me today Lord to be salt and light, Your hands extended to the people around me so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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