1 From: Ya‘akov, a slave of God and of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah To: The Twelve Tribes in the Diaspora: Shalom!
Among his first words to the Twelve Tribes in Diaspora he said PEACE. They are dispersed from their homeland and he says peace. Let your mind take the time to sense this Diaspora. Perhaps it meant their property had been seized from them; all their comforts and all things familiar forcibly removed from their sight, their touch; their security, their safety stolen; all they had worked to accumulate now squandered and consumed by others. And James says Peace? Yes. He said peace. Peace to you.
He also said he was a slave too. A slave of GOD; a slave of the LORD YESHUA. Perhaps we can gather from this that we are all going to be a slave to somebody or something and we would be far better served to voluntarily be a slave – one surrendered to the Lordship of the Son of GOD. We can be assured when we surrender our being and all our possessions to JESUS we will have peace even in the presence of cruel strangers and strange circumstances.
33 “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have *tsuris. But be brave! I have conquered the world!”
I like the rendition BRAVE. It does not mean that I will not sense fear; it just means I will not allow my fear to immobilize me; I will move in step with JESUS even when I am afraid – I will be brave!
So do you think PEACE brings Bravery?
Yeah. Me too!