Peace – Hebrew: Shalom

The word shalom is found in the Complete Jewish Bible 96 times.


Shalom in Hebrew specifically means ‘peace. Shalom is also used when greeting another person. In Isra’el people greet one another with “Ma shalomcha?”  or ‘What is your peace?’

Peace or shalom is not the absence of conflict as is often taught. True shalom is ‘the consummation of the one who causes chaos’ through the divine presence of God.

“Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’ (Numbers 6:26).

This shalom or divine presence is placed on God’s people through the blessing given to Aaron. The entire blessing is found in Numbers 6:24-26.

“Therefore say, ‘I am giving him [Phineas] my covenant of shalom, making a covenant with him and his descendants after him that the office of cohen will be theirs forever’ (Numbers 25:12-13).

God made an eternal covenant of shalom with Phineas who was a priest. This covenant was a promise of a perpetual priesthood because of Phineas’ faithfulness to God and making atonement for Isra’el when they sinned. Atonement brings shalom between God and mankind.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation [Yeshua] and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!” (Isaiah 52:7).

The ultimate good news of shalom is proclaiming to those in Tziyon that ‘Our God is King,’ Our God is Sovereign,’ ‘Our God is in Control’ when everything seems out of control or chaotic. It is announcing that Yeshua, our salvation, is our God, our King.

“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper. May shalom be within your ramparts, prosperity in your palaces” (Psalm 122:6-7)

The Psalmist says we are to pray for the ‘shalom of Jerusalem.’  Praying for shalom in Jerusalem is our way of expressing that we love the City of our God and we are praying for the Prince of Shalom to fill the city with his shalom.

“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). 

Isaiah prophesied about a coming Sar haShalom, a Prince of Peace. This Prince of Peace would bring God’s shalom into the world and bind the ‘one who causes chaos.’ Yeshua is the Sar haShalom, the Prince of Peace. He battled with the ‘one who causes chaos’ and came out victorious – in the wilderness when he was tempted and when he was raised from the dead.  As the commander of Yahweh’s Army, he will soon return and utterly destroy forever the ‘one who causes chaos.’

“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 shalom with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever” (Ezekiel 37:24-26). 

Ezekiel also prophesied about an everlasting covenant of shalom when David would be a leader/shepherd in the land given to Jacob (Isra’el). He will live in Jerusalem and God’s sanctuary will be in the center.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘destroy.’

Lamed is a picture of a Shepherd’s Staff and means ‘leader’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘is bound to.’

Mem is a picture of Water and means ‘chaos.’

Shalom – destruction of the one that is bound to chaos

“When you enter someone’s household, say, ‘Shalom aleikhem!’ (Matthew 10:12)

“In the evening that same day, the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” (John 20:19).

Shalom aleikhem means ‘shalom upon you.’ The response is to return that shalom by saying Aleikhem shalom or ‘upon you shalom.’ This is what Yeshua meant when he said that if the shalom is not returned, to leave the place and wipe the dust off your feet. Shalom aleikhem were the first words he spoke when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. He wanted them to recognize him and receive his shalom.

“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” (John 14:27).

Yeshua’s shalom is different from ‘world peace.’  His shalom begins within the heart and soul of each individual. With the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit), we have same power of shalom  to defeat the ‘one who causes chaos’ as Yeshua. We can conquer the fear chaos brings not only in our personal lives, but also in the world around us.  

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

This verse is a reminder that where there is ‘chaos,’ God is not present. This is being spoken by Sha’ul specifically to believers in Corinth who were using tongues in an ‘out of control’ manner.

“The way of shalom they do not know, their goings-about obey no law, they make devious paths for themselves; no one treading them will ever know shalom(Isaiah 59:8).

“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). 

There is a shalom that humanity desires, but it is external and superficial because it does not include the Sar haShalom, the Prince of Peace. In fact, it is a false, lying peace that leads people away from God and and toward the ‘father of lies,’ ‘the lawless one,’ the ‘one who causes the chaos’ (John 8:44).   Those who preach shalom with the intent of leading God’s people astray through fraud and devious paths will never find shalom. They will find judgment instead.

“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 as stated by the prophet Isaiah and reiterated in Sha’ul’s letter to the Philippians.  Yahweh’s shalom eclipses human understanding because it is a shalom that reaches into the spiritual soul giving rest to the physical. Yahweh’s shalom keeps every heart and mind protected from the chaos in the present and for all eternity.  Those who remain united with Yeshua who is the Sar haShalom, the Prince of Peace, will know this shalom.

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