Posts Tagged ‘Shalom’

Peace – Hebrew: Shalom


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 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?

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 – Divine Presence of God binds the leader of chaos

Peace or shalom is not the absence of conflict.  True shalom is ‘the destruction of the world’s chaos by infusing the presence of God’, the only presence that is able to destroy the ‘one who causes the chaos’.  This is not a worldly battle fought with weapons of war.  It’s a spiritual battle for the souls 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 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, the only One capable of fighting against 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 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 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 ‘leader who causes chaos’ in Jerusalem, first and foremost.  We need to be praying for the Sar haShalom to come and destroy the chaos that it might not spill out 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 Divine Presence of God in their hearts.   It is a false peace that actually leads people away from God and and toward the ‘father of lies,’ the one causing the chaos (John 8:44).   Those who prophesy this  peace without the Divine Presence will never enter the land of Promise because it will be a superficial bandage on deep wounds in the hearts 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 is  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 faith in Yeshua that God’s Divine Presence is given to us through the Spirit of God.

“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 the heart of individuals.  We have the 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 the same shalom as Yeshua empowering us to remain free from fear especially when chaos is 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. His shalom will keep our hearts and minds safe from chaos now and for all eternity.  The key is to be united with Yeshua who is the Divine Presence of God’s glory in our lives.  He is the commander of ‘I Am’s’ Army who will soon completely destroy the ‘one who causes chaos’.

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Psalm 119:161-168 (Shin)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - A Tooth

ש Shin – A Tooth

To devour, to destroy, something sharp

The letter Shin is also representative of ‘the divine presence of God’ or the Shekinah Glory that ‘consumes’.

“Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart stands in awe of your words. I take joy in your promise, like someone who finds much booty. I hate falsehood, I detest it; but I love your Torah. I praise you seven times a day because of your righteous rulings. Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble. I hope for your deliverance, Adonai; I obey your mitzvot. My soul observes your instruction, and I love it so much! I observe your precepts and instruction, for all my ways lie open before you.”

“Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble.”  Within this verse is the word, peace or shalom in Hebrew.  Shalom or שלוםwith the ‘shin’ means the ‘destruction, devouring of the leader of chaos’.  The one who causes ‘chaos’ can be haSatan in the grand scheme of world chaos or those princes who persecute for no reason and cause chaos in our lives.  The destruction of chaos comes from loving God’s Torah, observing His precepts and instructions, and obeying His commandments; being completely submitted to His will.   When a person is in this type of soul relationship with the heart of God, he is ‘consumed’ with God’s presence and nothing and no one becomes a stumbling block including falsehood, because the Torah is truth through which the Lord delivers.  

David’s last statement, “For all my ways lie open before you” reveals a man who is not afraid of being convicted and corrected by God’s instructions.  This is obvious when Samuel confronts him about his relationship with Batsheva and the murdering of her husband.  Psalm 51 comes from David’s understanding of correction and rebuke, mercy and grace.    The Word of God made him stand in awe at revealing his sin and the joy he receives in God’s promise of deliverance is like one who has found great plunder after a battle.  

God is going to raise King David from the dead in order that Israel may serve him as king once again.  “Instead, they will serve Adonai their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them” (Jeremiah 30:9). I believe King David will rule over Israel while Yeshua rules the world from Jerusalem.  It makes perfect sense that a man who loved God’s Torah as much as David and was not afraid to proclaim it in psalms, would be resurrected to the honor of ruling with such high authority under King Messiah.  Those who are like David ‘consumed and devoured’ by a love for the Torah of God, will be given the same honor in the first resurrection of ruling and reigning with Messiah for 1000 years (Rev. 20:6).   The King and his priesthood will destroy  chaos bringing in a reign of shalom in the world through a sharp iron rod or scepter proclaiming  God’s righteous rulings.

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