Jehovah Shalom 25 Mar 2012

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Jehovah Shalom 25 Mar 2012

  1. 1. “They finally found the most ‘perfect’& peaceful place on planet earth and settled there sending their Pastor a letter…”
  2. 2. NEW Sermon Series : Names of God• Names are very important …• Names are chosen very carefully…• What more with God’s Name.  Yahweh Lord, Jehovah  Elohim God  Adonai Lord, Master  El Shaddai Lord God Almighty  El Elyon The Most High God  El Olam The Everlasting God
  3. 3. JEHOVAH-NISSI Exo 17:15 "TheLord our banner"Joshua fighting the Amalekites
  4. 4. JEHOVAH-RAPHA Exo 15:26 "TheLord our healer" Moses and the bitter water of Marah
  5. 5. JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEMExo 31:13"The Lord thysanctifier" Making of the utensils for the Tabernacle
  6. 6. JEHOVAH-SABBAOTHIsaiah 6:3"The Lord of Hosts" Prophet Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord Almighty
  7. 7. JEHOVAH-ROHIPsalm 23:1 "The Lord my shepherd" David’s ‘All Time Favorite’ - Portrayal of God as our Shepherd
  8. 8. Sermon Series : Names of God Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Is Peace Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Is There Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide
  9. 9. Jehovah Shalom Judges 6:24
  10. 10. What is our understanding? a Jewish Greeting !What is it’s meaning ?
  11. 11. Jehovah Shalom : Judges 6:24
  12. 12. Judg 2:7The people served the Lord throughout thelifetime of Joshua and of the elders whooutlived him and who had seen all the greatthings the Lord had done for Israel.
  13. 13. Judg 2:10-11After that wholegeneration had beengathered to their fathers,another generation grewup, who knew neither theLord nor what he haddone for Israel. Then theIsraelites did evil in theeyes of the Lord… Judg 21:25(NKJV) In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
  14. 14. PEACE1.Othniel DELIVE2.Ehud RANCE ‘cycles’ SIN3.Shamgar in4.Deborah5.Gideon Judges6.Jephthah REPEN OPPRE7.Samson TANCE SSION
  15. 15. Jehovah Shalom : Judges 6:24
  16. 16. Times of Gideon…• Difficult times for the Israelites• Life was hard & stressful• For SEVEN YEARS - Living in fear …• There was no peace ….• “…they cried out to the Lord…”
  17. 17. Jehovah-ShalomQuestion : WHO WANTS PEACE IN YOUR LIFE NOW ?Everyone wants PEACE … But what is PEACE ?Definition of Peace (Free Dictionary) : • The absence of war or hostilities. hostilities. • Freedom from quarrels & disagreements; • Inner contentment, serenityWhat is PEACE to you ?WHAT will give you PEACE ?
  18. 18. Jehovah-ShalomReading Judges 6:11-13We find Gideon threshing wheat in a winepress …Why ?• He was hiding,• He was afraid,• He’s not at peace…Then …
  19. 19. V13 "But sir," Gideon replied, "IF the Lord is with us, WHY has all this happened to us? WHERE are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, Did not theLord bring us up out "The Lord is withof Egypt? BUT NOW you, mighty the Lord has abandoned us and warrior."put us into the hand of Midian." Midian."
  20. 20. JEHOVAH-SHALOM From Gideon’s understanding  “If the Lord is with us …”  “Why …”  “Where …” Gideon’s conclusion :  God it is all your fault. Gideon got the WRONG DIAGNOSIS
  21. 21. It was because of  Willful DISOBEDIENCE …  and SIN … … that caused their suffering Gideon saw only the ‘externals’ but did not see the ‘internals’ Q: Are we at times also guilty of making the Wrong Diagnosis ?1. WRONG DIAGNOSIS do we ’also If things go wrong, – MAN S blame God ? VIEWPOINT
  22. 22. Gideon did not getany reply to hisquestions ….Reading v14-15, 15 "But Lord Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the V14 Go in the weakest in strength you have Manasseh, and and save Israel out of I am the least in Midians hand. Am I my family." not sending you?"
  23. 23. V16 The LORDanswered …. "I WILL BE WITH YOU, AND YOU WILL strike down all the Midianites together."
  24. 24. Who me ?? Jehovah Shalom Meaning of Smallest in Manasseh… ‘Gideon’ Least in my family … - a hacker,How did Gideon see himself ? a destroyer a nobody, weak, insignificantHow did God see Gideon ? v12 : mighty warrior, mighty man of valorGideon had the WRONG PERSPECTIVEBecause of Man’s Limitations.
  25. 25. 1 Cor 1:27-29 God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.Many of us can identify with Gideon …. - weak, insignificant nobodies …But Whose PERSPECTIVE is more important ? - Your’s or God’s ?
  26. 26. 17 Gideon replied, "If now I have found favor in youreyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.18 Please do not go away until I come back and bringmy offering and set it before you.“ And the Lord said,"I will wait until you return."19 Gideon went in, prepared ayoung goat, and from an ephahof flour he made bread withoutyeast. Putting the meat in abasket and its broth in a pot, hebrought them out and offeredthem to him under the oak.Reading Judges 6:17-19
  27. 27. Judg 6:20-21The angel of God said to him, "Take the meatand the unleavened bread, place them on thisrock, and pour out the broth." And Gideon didso. With the tip of the staff that was in hishand, the angel of the Lord touched the meatand the unleavenedbread.Fire flared from therock, consuming themeat and the bread.And the angel of theLord disappeared.
  28. 28. Judg 6:22 NLT When Gideon Judg 6:23 "Peace! realized that it Do not be afraid.was the angel of You are not going the Lord, to die." he cried out,"Oh, Sovereign Lord, Imdoomed! I have seen the angelof the Lord face to face!"
  29. 29. Jehovah-ShalomGideon thought he was doomed … that he will die …WHY ? Ref Ex 33:20 "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live”Gideon had the WRONG PROGNOSIS bec. of Man’s Understanding.Defn of Prognosis: probable outcome or ‘course’ of a disease; the patients chance of recovery’…Are we at times also guilty of doing so ?
  30. 30. Jehovah Shalom Judg 6:24 So Gideonbuilt an altar to the Lord there and called it TheLord is Peace.
  31. 31. How Many Of You Are StillWondering Where Is ThisPerfect Peaceful Place On Planet Earth ?
  32. 32. War broke out on Friday 2 April 1982, whenArgentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands…. lasting 74 days …
  33. 33. What a Transformation…After encountering God …Gideon finally lived up to his name …Judges 6:25-32 The Lord said to Gideon…
  34. 34. TransformationGideon said to God … Judg 6:36, 39
  35. 35. TransformationThe Lord said to Gideon …Judg 7:2, 4, 5, 7, 9
  36. 36. Jehovah-ShalomThe Question that was asked earlier …WHAT will give you PEACE ?  Health  Wealth  Food  Shelter  Family  Possessions …If so, then we would expect the rich, thefamous people to be very PEACEFUL … but are they ?
  37. 37. Jehovah-ShalomIt is said … To get the RIGHT ANSWER, we must ask the RIGHT QUESTIONThe Question: “WHAT will give you PEACE?” is the WRONG QUESTION.The RIGHT QUESTION in searching forPEACE is… “WHO will give you PEACE ?”Answer : Rom 5:1“… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, …”
  38. 38. Jehovah Shalomi. God can do extraordinary things with ordinary peopleii. It’s OK to be real with God and express to Him our doubts at timesiii. Our peace is not found in what we have on this earth, it is found in who we are in Christ!iv. Biblical peace is not the eradication of problems, but assurance of Gods presence even in problems!
  39. 39. Even as Gideon made the Wrong Diagnosis, what then is the RIGHT DIAGNOSIS ? TRUST in God’s PROMISES RELATIONSHIP with God is KEY Look NOT on the ‘externals’  Look to God  Allow God to reveal what is within us…. ‘internal’Jehovah-Shalom
  40. 40. 1. RIGHT Diagnosis : Trust in God’s PromisesJohn 14:27 : Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 16:33 : "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."Ref : Isa 26:3 ; Rom 8:6
  41. 41. 1. RIGHT Diagnosis : Trust in God’sPromisesBuild that Relationshipwith God eg JobIf nothing else work – CRY OUT TO GOD • God hears • God acts
  42. 42. Jehovah- Jehovah-ShalomGideon had the Wrong Perspective of HimselfWe need the RIGHT PERSPECTIVESEE from God’s Perspective Gideon only saw his own limitations God saw his abilities Gideon saw a nobody God saw a ‘mighty somebody’
  43. 43. 2. RIGHT Perspective : See from God’s Perspective The 10 spies only saw the giants… Joshua & Caleb saw from God’s Perspective Saul saw the giant Goliath … David only saw God
  44. 44. Jehovah- Jehovah-ShalomGideon made the Wrong Prognosis in his encounter with GodDo not make the same mistake !Make the RIGHT PROGNOSIS The outcome of your life … The outcome of your faith … God alone knows.LIVE with God’s PLANS
  45. 45. 3. RIGHT Prognosis : LIVE with God’s PLANSJer 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Ps 33:11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
  46. 46. Conclusion : Jehovah ShalomRight DiagnosisTRUST in God’s PROMISESRight PerspectiveSEE from God’s PerspectiveRight PrognosisLIVE with God’s PLANS
  47. 47. Conclusion : Jehovah ShalomProblems are inevitable , worries/anxieties are optionalPEACE comes not from theAbsence of Conflict but from the Presence of God
  48. 48. Jehovah Shalom in the TrinityGod the Father “God of peace” (Heb 13:20)God the Son “Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6)God the Spirit “Spirit...of peace” (Rom 8:6b).
  49. 49. Conclusion : Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE OF GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Worry About Nothing  Prayer Over Everything  Thank God For All Thing the PEACE OF GOD
  50. 50. Conclusion : Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-Phil 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. And the GOD OF PEACE will be with you. RIGHT LIVING / DOING THE GOD OF PEACE
  51. 51. In Praying – we have the Peace of GodIn Doing –we have the God of Peace Conclusion: Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-
  52. 52. 1. Right Diagnosis  TRUST in God’s PROMISES2. Right Perspective  SEE from God’s Perspective3. Right Prognosis  LIVE with God’s PLANSEXPERIENCE God’s PEACE Conclusion: Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-
  53. 53. You have longed for sweet peace and for faith to increaseAnd have earnestly fervently prayed But you cannot have rest or be perfectly blest Until all on the altar is laid…Is your all on the altar?
  54. 54. Num 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you;the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Conclusion: Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-

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