Posts Tagged ‘Shalom’

Proverbs 11:1 – Daily Bible Verse

November 28, 2020

“False scales are an abomination to Adonai, but accurate weights please him.

In Hebrew ‘false’ is שקר or sheqer and means ‘deception, lies and fraud.’

The Hebrew word for ‘scales’ or ‘balances’ is מאזנים or mozenim and means ‘weigh.’ My grandfather had a simple balance or pair of scales that I inherited. It has two pan dishes hanging on a balance; one on the right and one on the left. On one side an item is place; on the other is placed weights. I had several weights from ounces to several pounds. When the item and the weights equal out, they are in balance. A balance can also be made of a beam and will be out of balance if the beam is shorter on one side of the balance than the other.

“You are not to have in your pack two sets of weights, one heavy, the other light. You are not to have in your house two sets of measures, one big, the other small” (Deuteronomy 25:13-14).

I have friend who went to the shuk or ‘market’ in Jerusalem and she watched someone weigh some cheese who put their finger on the weight side of the balance thus bringing the price of the cheese higher.

The Hebrew word for ‘abomination’ is תועבה or toebah and means ‘detestable and loathesome.’ This can be something that is morally disgusting, abhorrent like an idol, or a custom like false weights in a market.

Adonai in this verse is Yahweh or the יהוה, the “I Am,” the ehyeh asher eheyh; the character of God as given to Moshe in Exodus 3:15-16.

The Hebrew word for ‘accurate’ is שלמה or shelam and means ‘just.’ This word has the same ‘root’ as שלום or shalom and suggests ‘peace’ but also ‘perfect, complete, and whole.’

The Hebrew word for ‘weight’ is ואבן or weben and means in every other instance in Scripture ‘stone’ as in precious stone or foundation stone.

The Hebrew word for ‘please’ is רצה or ratzah and means ‘accept favorably,’ ‘to delight in,’ and to ‘show favor.’

“Deceptive balances that lie are destestable and loathesome to Yahweh, but just and perfect foundation stones he favorably accepts.

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Peace – Hebrew: Shalom

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

שלום

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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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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