Advent 4 – Obscure Peace

Advent review – 12/09 love, 12/16 joy and now – 12/24 peace

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Peace @ Christmas??

Modern definition:



       – Shoppers I saw this week

       – BEGINNING of time

               Romans 5:10a

              Adam & Eve  and family

       – OT?

       – JESUS’ DAY…

                Roman occupation…

                73 b.c.  Spartacus 100,000 slave rebellion against Rome. 6000 crucified on road Rome ( on 38 mile road ) price if you mess with Rome.

       – Herod and “slaughter of innocents”



      Is 9:6 … prince of peace

      Is 26:1-3,4 … perfect peace coming ( peace peace) 



The role of Shepherds / sheep in worship….

    Is 53:5 wounded for our transgressions….



    That is, when someone says, “Shalom,” or, “Peace unto you,” it doesn’t just mean, “I hope you don’t get into any trouble”; it means, “I hope you have all the highest good coming your way.”

    Is 11:6-11

        – perfection of harmony

                Only when in right relationship with God thru Jesus. 

       Philippians 4:4-7 ( joy/peace )

              Unaffected by circumstances / more than absence of trouble and trial) 

 LUKE 2:14

John 14

27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. 




The biblical concept of peace is larger than that and rests heavily on the Hebrew root slm, which means “to be complete” or “to be sound.” The verb conveys both a dynamic and a static meaning” to be complete or whole” or “to live well.” 

The noun had many nuances, but can be grouped into four categories: 

(1) salom [l’v] as WHOLENESS of life or body (i.e., health); 

(live well) 

(2) salom [l’v] as RIGHT RELATIONSHIP or harmony between two parties or people, often established by a covenant (see “covenant of peace” in Num 25:12-13 ; Isa 54:10 ; Ezek 34:25-26 ) and, when related to Yahweh, the covenant was renewed or maintained with a “peace offering”; 

(3)salom [l’v] as prosperity, SUCCESS, or fulfillment (see Lev 26:3-9 ); and 

(4) salom [l’v] as VICTORY over one’s enemies or absence of war. S