Peace – Hebrew: Shalom

שלום

Shalom in its simplest Hebrew form means ‘peace’ or ‘hello’.

In Israel people greet one another with “Ma shalomcha?”  or ‘What is your peace?’  It’s an interesting greeting and quite different from just a plain ole’ “How you doin’?”  What is significant about the Hebrew word for ‘peace’ that it is actually a greeting?  What is significant about the word shalom that will actually give us ‘peace’ as we watch the world decay around us?

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shin – ‘A Tooth’ means ‘consume or destroy’ or ‘divine presence of God’

Lamed – ‘A Shepherd’s Staff’ means ‘to prod, urge forward or leader’

Vav – ‘A Nail’ means ‘to bind together or binding’

Mem – ‘Water’ means ‘chaos or mighty’

Shalom – Consuming Divine Presence binding the leader of chaos

Peace or shalom is not the absence of conflict as is often believed.   True shalom is ‘the destruction of the world’s chaos by infusing the presence of God’, the only Presence that is able to consume the ‘one who causes the chaos’.  Shalom is not a worldly battle fought with weapons of war.  It’s a spiritual battle for the souls of individuals as well as humanity.

Who is the ‘one that causes chaos’?

“For God [Elohim] is not a God of unruliness but of shalom” (1 Corinthians 14:33, CJB).

“For God [the LORD] is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33, NIV).

Isaiah prophesied about a coming Sar haShalom or a Prince of Peace. This ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace’ would bring God’s divine presence into humanity and would destroy the ‘leader who causes chaos.’  This could be done only through the Adonai T’vaot, the God of the Heavenly Armies, the only One capable of defeating the true enemy of humanity.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace], in order to extend the dominion and perpetuate the peace [shalom] of the throne and kingdom of David, to secure it and sustain it through justice and righteousness henceforth and forever. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot (the LORD of Hosts) will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:4-6). 

Ezekiel prophesied about an everlasting ‘covenant of peace’ when David would rule as an eternal king in the land given to Jacob [Isra’el] and most assuredly reign from Jerusalem.   This everlasting covenant includes the time when the ‘leader of chaos is destroyed forever’ and God puts His sanctuary in the New Jerusalem.

“My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd; they will live by my rulings and keep and observe my regulations. They will live in the land I gave to Jacob my servant, where your ancestors lived; they will live there — they, their children, and their grandchildren, forever; and David my servant will be their leader forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever” (Ezekiel 37:24-26). 

As believers we are to pray for the ‘shalom of Jerusalem.’  We are to pray for the Divine Presence of God to bind the one who causes chaos’ in Jerusalem, first and foremost.  We need to be praying for the Sar haShalom to come and destroy the chaos that shalom might come over the nations.

“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper” (Psalm 122:6). 

There is a peace that humanity desires, but it is external and superficial because it does not include the Divine Presence of God in their hearts, minds or souls.   It is a false peace that leads people away from God and and toward the ‘father of lies,’ the one causing the chaos (John 8:44).   Those who prophesy peace without the Divine Presence will never receive shalom because such peace is a superficial bandage on the deep wounds in the soul of people.

“For from the least to the greatest of them, all are greedy for gains; prophets and cohanim (priests) alike, they all practice fraud — they dress the wound of my people, but only superficially, saying, ‘There is perfect shalom,’ when there is no shalom” (Jeremiah 6:13-14).

“My hand will be against the prophets who have futile visions and produce false divinations; they will not be allowed into the council of my people, or be written in the register of the house of Israel, or enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am Adonai Elohim. They deserve this, because they have led my people astray by saying there is peace when there is no peace” (Ezekiel 13:9-10). 

Yeshua, the Messiah of Isra’el, offers the only true shalom of God because he is the Prince of Shalom.  He is the physical expression of the Divine Presence God.   He faced the ‘leader who causes chaos’ and came out victorious – in the wilderness when he was tempted and when he was raised from the dead.  It is only through personal faith in Yeshua that God’s Divine Presence is given to us through His Spirit, His breath, His Ruach.

“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened” (1 John 14:27).

Yeshua’s shalom is different from ‘world peace.’  His shalom begins within each individual. With the Ruach haKodesh, we have same power of shalom  to defeat the ‘leader who causes chaos’ not only in our personal lives, but also in the world around us.  We have been given the same shalom as Yeshua that empowers us to remain free from fear especially when chaos is being perpetuated around us by those who have no regard for the Sar HaShalom. 

“You will keep in perfect shalom those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3). 

“Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua” (Philippians 4:7).

Yahweh’s shalom is perfect.  It eclipses human understanding because it is a spiritual shalom that reaches into the physical. His shalom will keep every heart and mind protected from the chaos now and for all eternity.  The key is to be united with Yeshua who is the Divine Presence of God.  He is the commander of Yahweh’s Army who will soon completely destroy the ‘one who causes chaos’.

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