This particular Series allowed for an interesting course to be developed from a subtle and seemingly simple phrase:
“That was enough, doubts were quieted, fears were stilled, hearts were settled, the King had spoken”
It was NOT at all what was expected. The end is what caught my attention from a set of statements that Dr. Paul W. Chappell made in his book “The Burden Bearer” (A recommended read for any Christian at ANY age) – that statement is “The King Had Spoken”. Reverse the order of the ends to get the full effect of what was seen:
(1) The King Had Spoken -> (2) Doubts Were Quieted, (3) Fears Were Stilled, (4) Hearts Were Settled -> (5) That Was Enough
All the Lord had to do was Speak – of course He could have just thought it, but we are such auditory driven creation – it helps us to hear it Spoken. Just for Him to Speak was Enough for whatever action He desired to be accomplished. The Bible study through hundreds upon hundreds of verses for just the word “Peace” was an amazing walk through the pages of His Word. The word Peace was repeatedly lain upon my heart by the Holy Spirit to remember words that are dear to me “Peace, Be Still” from the Gospel of Mark 4:39 | KJV:
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
Mark 4:39 | King James Version
Interestingly enough, most folks have no idea what the following verses in Mark 4:40-41 | KJV say…
“And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Mark 4:40-41 | King James Version
Then, just as it is now, it is a matter of our Believing and us having Faith.
There are many different avenues which this Series has challenged me during the development of it. One of those is the phrase “had spoken”, which is used 40 times throughout the Bible. The choice of focusing on the word “Peace” ran deep particularly with me because it is something remembered and called upon during my own times of deepest pain with Cluster Headaches.
There are four sets of images in this Series to cover the Theme, Doubts, Fears and Hearts pieces.
Theme | Peace Be Still, Why Fearful, My Peace, These Things, Even So Send
Doubts | Hold Your Peace, Bless With Peace, Whose Mind Is Stayed, An Expected End, Kingdom Of God, The God Of Peace, Author Of Peace
Fears | Depart From Evil, Abundance Of Peace, Great Peace, One Edify Another, Abound In Hope, Peace And Love, The Lord Be With You
Hearts | Shall Add To Thee, A Time, Justified By Faith, Grace And Peace, Through Christ Jesus, Make Peace, Be Diligent In Peace
What a lesson we have to learn for each situation we have faced in life, just as those in the Bible we read about today – The King Had Spoken already and That Was Enough!