Jehovah Shalom – “I am Peace”

My apologies, I know I had agreed to the Jehovah names every Monday. Time got away from my yesterday, and I will be leaving for Florida tomorrow, I wanted to get this up loaded before I left. As mentioned last week, we have Jehovah Shalom now,

Shalom is a special word in the Hebrew language meaning “peace, wholeness, well-being and rest.”

Judges 6:11 – 24

The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a wine press to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”  The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”  Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.  Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”

Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.  When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”  So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

If you will look at verse 24, our name, Jehovah-Shalom is used there. Translated to English, it literally means “Jehovah is our peace,” or “the Lord is our peace,” or some times “the Lord gives peace.” And it is in this instance when we first find this name in the Bible.

A wise man once instilled a small yet potent nugget of wisdom in me. He said, “To achieve peace beyond understanding, you first must give up the right to understand.

Another instance in scripture where the same instance is used is found in Ephesians 2: 13 – 18

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Philippians 4:7  Then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in union with the Messiah Jesus.

Peace is another thing to deal with. The human mind is inherently evil, it is only by the transformation of the living God that we are able to silence those thoughts and be at peace.

 

Mankind has never known peace. Peace is not the absence of war, like darkness is the absence of light.

Peace is not refraining from shooting your neighbor when his dog digs a hole in your new lawn.

Peace is not avoiding a fight with your spouse by avoiding a hot topic.

Peace is not found in the stillness of a mountain meadow, or the steam of a bubble bath, or the disjointed tinkling of New Age music with your coffee.

Our municipalities have laws against disturbing the peace.

Nations that have long been at odds with one another, have also long talked about peace. When can they have peace? How can they have peace? But still they don’t find peace.

No peace treaty that man has ever devised has been kept. In man there is no peace; and here is why.

It is because man has never been at peace with God, and if there is not peace with God, then there can be no peace in the soul. Man was made to worship his Creator, and when he rejects his Creator and goes his way, then he also rejects peace, and his path is one of turmoil from within, that affects everything throughout. Don’t go down that dark path.

When we reject God, we don’t just reject Peace, we reject everything good in this world.

This Pastor Amos signing off,

As always…Keep it in Jesus.