Peace – Hebrew: Shalom

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 word ‘peace’ in Hebrew that it is actually a greeting?  What is significant about the word shalom that can actually give us ‘peace’ as we watch the world decay around us?

שׁלום – Shalom

urlThe Hebrew word pictures for ‘shalom’:

ש – Shin is a ‘tooth’ and means ‘to destroy’.

Shin is also used of the Shekinah glory or presence of God

ל – Lamed is a ‘shepherd’s staff’ and means ‘leader’.

ו– Vav is a ‘nail’ and means ‘to bind or tie together’.

ם – Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘chaos.’

Putting these word pictures together shalom means ‘The presence of God that destroys and binds the leader of chaos.’   For years I thought ‘peace’ was the absence of conflict.  Peace is when nations stop fighting, right?  That is really a worldly view that looks on the surface with what we see happening around us.  True shalom is ‘the destruction of the world’s chaos by infusing the presence of God’, the only presence that is able to bind the ‘one who causes the chaos’.  It’s not a worldly battle fought with guns and war.   It’s  more deeply rooted.  It’s a spiritual battle within and for the souls of human beings that appears with guns and war.    As Yeshua taught, anger in the heart breeds judgement and ultimately murder.

Who is the ‘one that causes this chaos’?   Is it really God who is behind ‘religious wars’ as the non-religious, agnostic, and atheists assert?

Consider 1 Corinthians 14:33:

“…For God [Yahweh] is not a God of unruliness but of shalom” (CJB).

“For God [Yahweh] is not a God of disorder but of peace …” (NIV).

According to 1 Corinthians, the God of Israel, Yahweh, does not create chaos, but is the One who brings shalom by destroying the ‘leader of the chaos.’  In order to have shalom,  we have to look toward God, not blame Him or turn away from Him.  Over the past generation or so, the world has turned its back on the Creator of the Universe, denied His existence to the inclusion of multiple ‘other gods’ and ‘other religious systems’.

Isaiah prophesied that there was to come a Sar haShalom or a Prince of Peace. This ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace’ would bring God’s presence into humanity and would destroy the ‘leader who causes chaos’ in order to perpetuate peace.  This could be done only through the LORD of Hosts, the God of the Heavenly Armies who is the only One capable of fighting against the true enemy of humanity.

For a child is born to usa 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 AdonaiTzva’ot (the LORD of Hosts) will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:4-6). 

Ezekiel prophesied about a ‘covenant of peace’ that would be an everlasting covenant when David would rule as an eternal king in the land given to Jacob [Israel] and most assuredly from Jerusalem.   This everlasting covenant includes the time when the ‘leader of chaos is bound’ forever and Yahweh 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’.  This means that we are to pray for the divine presence of God to come and bind the ‘leader who causes chaos’ in Jerusalem, first and foremost.  Today there is nothing but chaos in Jerusalem whether it’s personal battles between individuals or nations desiring to destroy it.   This means we need to be praying for the Prince of Peace to come and destroy the chaos because it will and does spill over into 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 presence of the eternal God in their hearts.   It is a false peace that actually leads people away from the ‘divine presence of God’  and toward the ‘father of lies’ (John 8:44), the one causing the chaos.   Those who prophesy this fraudulent peace will never enter the land of Promise because it is nothing but a superficial bandage on the deep wounds in the hearts of mankind.

“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 Israel, offers the only true shalom of God because he is that child who was born ‘prince of peace’.  He is the physical revelation of the Shekinah glory of God prophesied. The divine presence of God lives in him.  He is the only one who faced the ‘leader who causes chaos’ and came out victorious – in the wilderness when he was tempted and when he was crucified on the cross and raised from the dead.    It is only through faith in Yeshua that the divine presence of God is passed onto us through the Spirit of God into our individual hearts.

“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 the cliche of people calling for ‘world peace.’  His shalom is in us.  This means that we have the same spiritual 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 the same power of shalom to stand against ‘the leader’ as Yeshua did and to remain free from fear especially when chaos is perpetuated around us and around the world 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 God’s shalom is perfect.   It eclipses all human understanding because it is a spiritual shalom. His shalom will keep our hearts and minds safe from chaos for now and for all eternity.  The key is to be united with Yeshua who is the very presence of God’s Shekinah in our lives.  We must believe he is the commander of the Lord’s Army and trust Yahweh, God of Hosts,  to completely destroy the ‘one who causes chaos’.

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