Spirit-Filled Fruit Baskets – Day 10

Introduction

We are one-third of the way through the month of April, and today we move along to the fruit of peace.  Who doesn’t want that?!

The whole world is seeking for it.  We can have it through the Holy Spirit in us.

Focus

Perhaps one of the passages I love most in the Old Testament comes from the book of Numbers.  Does that surprise you?

In the book of Numbers, and chapter 6, there is a blessing that God instructs Moses to teach to Aaron and his sons.  These men, and their posterity, were to be the priest of God, and were to represent God to the people as they came to worship and offer sacrifices.

Perhaps as they were coming, but more than likely as they were leaving, a priest would look at them and give this blessing:

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

Isn’t that beautiful?  Isn’t it wonderful that they people would hear such a blessing from those who represented God to them?

I love all of this blessing, but of course I want to focus on the last line.  “…and give thee peace.

Imagine a Israelite hearing these words in a time of their lives, whether personally or nationally, when there was an absence of peace.  It would remind them that God can give peace even in the midst of a storm.

This idea of giving such a blessing is also found in the New Testament.

1Peter 1:1-2  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

2Peter 1:1-2  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Jud 1:1-2 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

John 20:19  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Romans 1:7  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peacefrom God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ

1Corinthians 1:3  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

These are just some of the many verses that you can find.

It is important to notice that both in the Old and New Testament these blessings were given to the people of God.

Peace is offered to those who are not God’s children, but they must come to Christ to receive it.

Peace is available now for those who are God’s children.  Peace with God through Jesus Christ, and a practical daily peace in storms of life.

Christ comes to bring peace to our lives.

He gives us the Holy Spirit who can bear the fruit of peace in us.

With such a lack of peace in so many lives today, may I remind you as we begin to study the fruit of peace, that if you are a child of God, it is available to you today.  God desires that you have peace.  He has not always promised and easy life, but with Christ, we can have peace.

The songwriter said it this way:

With Christ in the vessel, I can smile at the storm…

So, instead of a prayer today, let me leave you with the blessing from Numbers 6

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

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