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<< Friday, August 9, 1996 >>
 
Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
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Deuteronomy 32 Matthew 16:24-28
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PEACE TALKS

 
"See, upon the mountains there advances the Bearer of good news, announcing peace!" — Nahum 2:1
 

Nahum prophesied that the Messiah would be "the Bearer of good news, announcing peace." He would completely destroy the enemy (Na 2:1), cast filth upon it, disgrace it, and put it to shame (Na 3:6).

Jesus was the Fulfillment of Nahum's prophecy. However, the enemy to be destroyed was not the Ninevites or even the Romans, but Satan (Eph 6:12; 1 Jn 3:8). Jesus destroyed (see Lk 11:22) and disgraced Satan (Col 2:15) by taking on Himself the punishment due us all. He made peace not by shedding the enemy's blood but by shedding His own precious blood on the cross (Col 1:20).

Therefore, we make peace not by exerting ourselves but by denying ourselves (Mt 16:24), not by crucifying the enemy but by taking up our daily cross (Lk 9:23) and being crucified to the world (Gal 6:14).

Jesus' peace is much different from that of the world (Jn 14:27). The world cannot give it, nor can the world take it away. It is a peace "beyond all understanding" (Phil 4:7). Blest are the peacemakers (see Mt 5:9).

 
Prayer: "Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace."
Promise: "What profit would a man show if he were to gain the whole world and destroy himself in the process?" —Mt 16:26
Praise: Lorraine changed from "pro-nuke" to "no-nuke" because she could not picture Jesus bombing his enemies.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, January 29, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 5, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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