Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Is Peace (Judges 6: 22-24)

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Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Is Peace (Judges 6: 22-24). The name Jehovah Shalom appears just once in Scripture, in Judges 6, when God appears to Gideon. Verses 22-24a read, “ Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, ‘Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face’ Then the lord said unto him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.’ So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it Jehovah shalom (The Lord Is Peace)…’”

The word translated “peace” is shalown, which is used to mean completeness, soundness, safety, wholeness, welfare, etc. It comes from the root word shalam, which means “to be safe (in mind,body, or estate); figuratively, to be completed” (Source: Strong’s.Concordance).

We often think of peace as the absence of external conflict, Bu true peace is the absece of internal conflict.

Scripture tells us in Isaiah 26: 3, “You (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” In Psalm 4: 8, David writes “I will both lie down in peace and sleep for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”. And Jesus says in John 14: 27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.

In closing his second letter to the Thessalonian church, Paul refers to Jesus as the “Lord of peace”. And this is consistent with Isaiah’s foretelling in Isaiah 9:6 of the birth of the Messiah: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

The world offers forgeries of peace. Form deep breathing exercise and positive thinking to feng shui furniture design- you name it, it’s been tried. These may provide a temporary degree of external calmness, but they can never give us lasting unshakeable internal peace in the deepest recesses of our soul.

This kind of peace-true peace-can come only through Jesus- the Author of Pease, the Prince of Peace, the One who is our peace: Jehovah Shalom.

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