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Becoming an Agent of Shalom:. The Heart of Pastoral Care. The Priestly Blessing Numbers 6:22-27. 22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;

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becoming an agent of shalom

Becoming an Agent of Shalom:

The Heart of Pastoral Care

the priestly blessing numbers 6 22 27
The Priestly BlessingNumbers 6:22-27

22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

24 “The LORD bless you

and keep you;

25 the LORD make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

26 the LORD turn his face toward you

and give you peace. (Shalom)”

27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

The New International Version. 2011 Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

In the Old Testament Shalom, the most prominent OT term for “peace,” held a wide range of connotations (wholeness, health, security, well-being, and salvation) and could apply to an equally wide range of contexts: the state of the individual (Ps 37:37; Prv 3:2; Is 32:17), the relationship of person to person (Gn 34:21; Jos 9:15) or nation to nation (e.g., absence of conflict—Dt 2:26; Jos 10:21; 1 Kgs 5:12; Ps 122:6–7), and the relationship of God and people (Ps 85:8; Jer 16:5).

Elwell, W. A., & Comfort, P. W. (2001). Tyndale Bible dictionary. Tyndale reference library (1004). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Paul’s reflection on this idea:Romans 1:7

 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Εἰρήνη (eirene): a state of freedom from anxiety and inner turmoil—‘peace, freedom from worry.’

Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Vol. 1: Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: Based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition.) (314). New York: United Bible Societies.

Shalom, therefore is a state of being where everything is as it should be, as it was created to be. Nothing broken, nothing missing, completely whole, in perfect harmony, etc…
  • Further, it means unity and harmony among differing parts.
If you'll recall, Yeshua (Jesus) is called Sar shalom, Prince of Peace, which perfectly describes the ministry and personality of our Messiah (Isaiah 9:6).
  • As we participate in the ministry of Jesus, we, like Him become an agent of Shalom.
so what does this look like
So… What does this look like?
  • At its most basic level, it means avoiding harm to others.
  • At its most intentional level, it means doing what Jesus does.
  • The first thing Jesus does is leave Glory and descended into our chaos and darkness.
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Being like Jesus…Phil. 2:5-8

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

 rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

 And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

Being an “agent of Shalom means that other’s darkness will likely pierce us as well…
  • God’s way of dealing with evil seems to be allowing it to pierce. This piercing ironically is how evil is neutralized. Evil’s intent to destroy becomes transformed into the capacity for freedom.
  • Moreover, its important to note that light always pierces darkness.
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John 1:1-5

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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Isaiah 61:1-7

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

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Luke 9:11

…but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.  

entering god s rest
Entering God’s Rest
  • Consider what the writer to the Hebrews said:

“There remains then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9).

  • The writer goes on to say:

“for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:10).

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Entering God’s Rest
  • The key to entering God’s rest is not to cease from all activity.
  • The key is to cease from labor that has its beginning point with us. We rest from our works.
  • Until we do this, we have not entered into God’s rest and are subject to being influenced by a religious spirit.
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Entering God’s Rest
  • Consider Jesus invitation:

“Come to Me, all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”

Matthew 11:28-30

what yokes are you carrying
What Yokes Are You Carrying?
  • Pressures of life
    • Relationships
    • Finances
    • Work, school
  • Other voices than God’s
    • World, Flesh, Devil
what yokes are you carrying1
What Yokes Are You Carrying?
  • “Un-Comanded Works (see Eph. 2:10)
    • Doing this can actually lead to disobedience. We are too tired to hear or do what God has made us for.
  • Yeshua’s Example
    • “I only do what the Father is doing” (John 5:14)
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Entering God’s Rest
  • We have lived the Christian life like it’s a struggle.
  • Its not meant to be a struggle. Its meant to be a rest.
  • We enter that rest when we learn to live as Jesus lived: from the life of Another within us and out through us.
  • This does not mean that you won’t have fluctuations in your thoughts and feelings. It does mean that deep within you, you’ll be at rest.
the root of the problem the two trees
The “Root” of the Problem:The Two Trees

Tree of Life

God’s Rest

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

System of “Righteousness”

The Tyranny of the Should and Oughts.