Monday January 19, 2015
A few thoughts on…
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God” The ESV retains the original wording using “sons” which is technically correct. I suggest that it is a reasonable observation to note that the Word of God being written in the first century would naturally do so. Patriarchy and male leadership was a given. Let there be no doubt that the point of our Lord is that Christians will be blessed as they seek to be peacemakers; this would not be a male behavior only. Thus, for example, the NLT says: “children of God.” In any case, Jesus is looking for us to be…PEACEMAKERS!
Also note…”peacemakers” is from the Greek word “iren-ay” …. a seldom used modern word is rooted in this idea. To behave in an “irenic” way is to promote peace. Know anyone named…Irene? 🙂
Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation…” A great observation made by a sister in the Lord was this: “I sometimes also pray for others not to be led into temptation!” A great idea for intercession for those we love in Christ. Perhaps especially for our young people.