Is. 9:6—For unto us a Child is born, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE of PEACE. Is. 26:3—You will keep him in PERFECT PEACE, whose mind is STAYED ON YOU. Because he trusts in You. (12) Lord, YOU WILL ESTABLISH PEACE FOR US for YOU HAVE ALSO DONE ALL OUR WORKS IN US. (Is. 32:17—The WORK of RIGHTEOUSNESS will be PEACE, and the EFFECT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, QUIETNESS and ASSURANCE FOREVER.
Is. 45:6—That they may know from THE RISING OF THE SUN to its SETTING that there is NONE besides ME. I am the Lord, and THERE IS NO OTHER. (7) I form the light and create DARKNESS, I make PEACE and create CALAMITY; I, the Lord, do all these things. (8) RAIN down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring UP together. I, the Lord have CREATED IT. (s. 45:22—Look to Me and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO other.
Is. 48:16—Come near to Me, HEAR this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning: From that time that it was, I WAS THERE. And NOW the LORD GOD and HIS SPIRIT have SENT ME. (17) Thus say the Lord, your Redeemer, THE HOLY ONE of ISRAEL: I am the Lord your God. Who TEACHES YOU TO PROFIT, who LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! THEN your PEACE would have been LIKE A RIVER, and YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea. (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS also would have been like THE SAND, and the OFFSPRING of YOUR BODY like the GRAINS of SAND; HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF NOR DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME.
(Is.66:8—Who has HEARD such things? Who has SEEN such things? Shall THE EARTH be made to GIVE BIRTH in ONE DAY? Or shall A NATION be born at ONCE? FOR AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED, she gave birth to HER CHILDREN. Is. 62:1—For ZION’S sake I will not hold MY PEACE, and for JERUSALEM’S sake I WILL NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and HER SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (2) THE GENTILES shall see your righteousness, and all kings your GLORY. (11) Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED TO THE END OF THE WORLD: “Say to the daughter of ZION, ‘Surely your SALVATION is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.’ (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, THE REDEEMED of THE LORD: And you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.
Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on My holy hill of ZION. (6) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me. You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION. Ezekiel 34:22—therefore I will save MY FLOCK, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. (23) I will establish ONE SHEPHERD over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. (24) And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I the Lord, have spoken. (25) I WILL MAKE A COVENANT OF PEACE WITH THEM, and cause wild beasts to cease from their land;
And they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. (26) I will make them and the places all around MY HILL a BLESSING; and I WILL CAUSE SHOWERS TO COME DOWN IN THEIR SEASON; THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING. (Is. 32:14—A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks—(15) UNTIL THE SPIRIT IS POURED UPON US FROM ON HIGH, and THE WILDERNESS BECOMES A FRUITFUL FIELD, and THE FRUITFUL FIELD is counted as A FOREST. (16) Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and RIGHTEOUSNESS remain in the FRUITFUL FIELD.)
Returning to Ezekiel 34:29—I will raise up for them a GARDEN OF RENOWN, and they shall no longer be consumed with HUNGER (Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they shall be FILLED.) in the land, nor bear THE SHAME of THE GENTILES anymore. (30) Thus they shall KNOW that I, the LORD their GOD, AM WITH THEM , and THAT THEY, the HOUSE of ISRAEL, are MY PEOPLE,” says the Lord God.” (31) YOU ARE MY FLOCK, the FLOCK of MY PASTURE, you are men, and I am your God, says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 37:24—“DAVID My servant shall be KING over them, and they shall all have ONE SHEPHERD; they shall also WALK in MY JUDGMENTS and observe MY STATUTES, and DO THEM. (25) Then they shall DWELL IN THE LAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN to JACOB My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall DWELL THERE, THEY THEIR CHILDREN, and THEIR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, FOREVER; and My servant DAVID shall be their prince forever. (26) MOREOVER I WILL MAKE A COVENANT OF PEACE WITH THEM, and IT SHALL BE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM: I WILL ESTABLISH THEM and MULTIPLY THEM, AND I WILL SET MY SANCTUARY IN THEIR MIDST FOREVERMORE. (17) “MY TABERNACLE ALSO SHALL BE WITH THEM; INDEED I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (28) THE NATIONS ALSO WILL KNOW THAT I, THE LORD SANCTIFY ISRAEL, WHEN MY SANCTUARY IS IN THEIR MIDST FOREVERMORE.
Ps. 78:68—But chose the tribe of JUDAH, Mount ZION which He loved. (6) And He build HIS SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, LIKE THE EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (7) He ALSO CHOSE DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (71) To SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE. Ezekiel 36:8—But you, o mountain of ISRAEL, you shall shoot forth your branches and YIELD your fruit TO MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, for THEY ARE ABOUT TO COME. Is. 27:6—Those who COME He shall cause to take root in JACAOB; ISRAEL shall blossom and bud, and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.
Daniel 4:1—Nebuchadnezzar the king, to ALL PEOPLES, NATIONS and LANGUAGES that DWELL IN ALL THE EARTH. PEACE be MULTIPLIED to you. (2) I thought it good to declare the SIGNS and WONDERS that the MOST HIGH GOD HAS WORKED FOR ME. (3) How GREAT are HIS SIGNS, and how MIGHTY HIS WONDERS! His kingdom is AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM, and HIS DOMINION IS FROM GENERATION to GENERATON. Dan. 6:25—Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages who dwell in the earth: PEACE be MULTIPLIED to you. (26) I made a DECREE that in every dominion of my kingdom MEN MUST TREMBLE and FEAR before the God of Daniel. FOR HE IS THE LIVING GOD, and STEADFAST FOREVER; HIS KINGDOM IS THE ONE WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED, and HIS DOMINION SHALL ENDURE to THE END. (27) He DELIVERS and RESCUES, and HE WORKS SIGNS and WONDERS in HEAVEN and on EARTH, WHO DELIVERED DANIEL FROM THE POWER OF THE LIONS.
Is. 8:16—Bind up the TESTIMONY, SEAL the law among my disciples. (17) And I WILL WAIT on THE LORD, who HIDES HIS FACE FROM THE HOUSE OF JACOB; and I will HOPE in HIM. (18) Here am I and THE CHILDREN whom THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME! WE ARE FOR SIGNS and WONDERS IN ISRAEL FROM THE LORD OF HOSTS, WHO DWELLS IN MOUNT ZION.
Micah 5:5—But you, BETHLEHEM EPHRATHAH, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, YET OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH TO ME THE ONE TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL, whose goings forth have been from of old, from EVERLASTING (3) Therefore He shall give them up, UNTIL THE TIME THAT SHE WHO IS IN LABOR HAS GIVEN BIRTH; Then THE REMNANT of HIS BRETHREN shall return to THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. (4) And He shall stand and feed HIS FLOCK in the strength of the Lord, in THE MAJESTY of the name of THE LORD his GOD; and they shall ABIDE, for NOW HE SHALL BE GREAT TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; (5) and THIS ONE SHALL BE PEACE. (Luke 1:31—And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. (32) He will be GREAT, and will be called the Son of the HIGHEST; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father DAVID. (33) And He will reign over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of His kingdom there will be NO end.)
Returning to Micah 5:7--Then the remnant of JACOB shall be in the midst of many peoples, like DEW from the LORD, like SHOWERS on THE GRASS, that tarry for no man nor wait for the sons of men. (Deut. 2:2—Let my teaching drop as THE RAIN, my speech distill as the DEW, as RAINDROPS on the tender herb, and as SHOWERS ON THE GRASS.) Returning to Micah 5:7--And THE REMNANT of JACOB SHALL BE AMONG THE GENTILES, in the midst of many peoples. Obadiah 1:17—But on MOUNT ZION there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the HOUSE OF JACOB shall possess their possessions. (18) The HOUSE OF JACOB shall be a FIRE, and the house of JOSEPH a FLAME. Nahum 1:15—Behold, on the mountains THE FEET OF HIM WHO BRINGS GOOD TIDINGS, who proclaims PEACE! O Judah, KEEP your appointed FEASTS. Rom 10:14—How then shall they call on Him in whom they have NOT believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom THEY HAVE NOT HEARD? And how shall they preach WITHOUT A PREACHER? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are SENT? (15) As it is written: How beautiful are THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!
Hag. 2:6—For thus says the Lord of hosts: ONCE MORE I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; (7) and I will shake ALL NATIONS, and THEY SHALL COME TO THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS, and I WILL FILL THIS TEMPLE WITH GLORY, SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. (8) The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of hosts. (9) THE GLORY of this LATTER TEMPLE shall be GREATER than the FORMER, says the Lord of hosts. And in THIS PLACE I will give PEACE, says the Lord of hosts.
Zech.9:12—RETURN to THE STRONGHOLD, you PRISONERS of HOPE. Even today I declare that I WILL RESTORE DOUBLE TO YOU. 2 Sam 5:7—Nevertheless DAVID took THE STRONGHOLD of ZION (that is THE CITY of DAVID) I kings 8:1—Now Solomon assembled the elders of ISRAEL and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of THE CHILDREN of ISRAEL, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up THE ARK OF THE COVENANT of the LORD from the CITY OF DAVID, which is ZION.
Exodus 25:21—You shall put the MERCY SEAT on top of THE ARK, and IN THE ARK you shall put THE TESTIMONY THAT I WILL GIVE YOU. (22) And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the MERCY SEAT, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of Testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. Acts. 7:44—Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He instructed Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen. (45) which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by THE GENTILES, whom GOD DROVE OUT BEFORE THE FACE OF OUR FATHERS UNTIL THE DAYS OF DAVID.
1 Kings 8:9 There was NOTHING in the ARK except the two tablets of stone which MOSES put there at HOREB, when the LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT. 2 Chron. 2:10-same Scripture.
Mal. 4:4—Remember the Law of MOSES, My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with THE STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the HEARTS of THE FATHERS to THE CHILDREN and the HEARTS of THE CHILDREN to their fathers. Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. Is. 11:1—There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of JESSE, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (2) THE SPIRIT of THE LORD shall REST UPON HIM, the Spirit of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, the spirit of COUNSEL and MIGHT, the spirit of KNOWLEDGE and of THE FEAR of the LORD. (3) His delight is in THE FEAR of the LORD.
Deut. 11:13—And it shall be that if you diligently OBEY My commandments which I command you today, to LOVE the LORD your GOD and serve Him with all your heart and your soul, (14) then I WILL GIVE YOU THE RAIN FOR YOUR LAND IN ITS SEASON, the EARLY and the LATTER RAIN, that you may gather in your grain, your NEW WINE, and your OIL. (15) And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock that you may eat and be filled. (16) Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and YOU TURN ASIDE and serve other gods and worship them. (17) LEST the LORD’S ANGER be AROUSED against you, and He SHUT UP THE HEAVENS SO THAT THERE BE NO RAIN, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you. (18) Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in YOUR HEART and in YOUR SOUL, and BIND THEM AS A SIGN on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (19) YOU SHALL TEACH THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (21) that YOUR days and THE DAYS OF YOUR CHILDREN MAY BE MULTIPLIED in the LAND of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. (22) For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to WALK IN ALL HIS WAYS, and to hold fast to Him--
(Ps. 25:12—Who is the man that FEARS the LORD? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS shall INHERIT THE EARTH.)
Returning to Deut 11:23—THEN the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier NATIONS than YOURSELVES. (25) NO MAN SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST YOU; the Lord your God will put THE DREAD OF YOU and THE FEAR OF YOU UPON ALL THE LAND where you TREAD, just as I have told you. (26) Behold, I set before you today A BLESSING and a CURSE. (27) The BLESSING, if you OBEY the commandments of the Lord your GOD which I command you today; (28) and THE CURSE, if you do NOT OBEY the commandments of the Lord your God. (Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.
Romans 1:1—Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the GOSPEL of GOD. (Gal. 3:8—And the Scripture foreseeing that GOD would justify THE NATIONS BY FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you ALL THE NATIONS shall be BLESSED.) Returning to Rom. 1:2 –which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHRIST our LORD, who was born of the seed of DAVID according to the flesh, (4) and DECLARED TO BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, according to the SPIRIT OF holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (5) Through whom we have received GRACE and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to the FAITH among ALL NATIONS for His name. (6) Among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.
Rom. 4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of THE WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. Gal. 3:29—And IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS ACCORDING to THE PROMISE.
Ps. 22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN to the LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of THE NATIONS SHALL WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For THE KINGDOM is the LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Jere. 51:10—The Lord has REVEALED our RIGHTEOUSNESS, come and let us DECLARE IN ZION the WORK of the LORD our GOD. (25) Behold, I am AGAINST YOU, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN. Who DESTROYS ALL the EARTH, says the Lord. And I will stretch out my hand AGAINST YOU. (26) They shall NOT take from you a STONE for A CORNER nor a STONE for a FOUNDATION. 1 Peter 2:6—Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in ZION a chief CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by NO means be put to SHAME.
This puts me in mind of how Jesus, as our Great Shepherd, leads us into His peace, and into His 'Haven of Rest.' Sharon, you have the gift of leading us, by the Scriptures, into the pathways of remembrance of who we are as children of the King; and Who Indeed, Christ, Our Lord and Savior is! Thank you once again for a work well done!
Oh, Sharon...How GREAT is our Foundation in the Lord! He has provided the might that is needed to create the peace. He is our guard and our Protector - full of power, One to behold in Awe! Yet, He is our loving Peace-maker who provides all the love we need to thrive in His World! Peace will not survive without strength to uphold it, and our precious Savior gives His children ALL that we need to keep us wrapped in His precious and perfect peace.
There is a phrase, "Liquid Sunshine" that describes rain and puts it in a more favorable light. When reading your study, that phrase kept coming to me, only it was in the context of His peace raining down on us like "Liquid SONshine"!
God bless you for being such an obedient servant of the Lord's and relaying His Word in such wonderful and meaningful ways! More love, Peggy