In this episode we will discover the God of all peace. This is an encouraging revelation when we are faced with the constant assaults we are faced with during our day. We can take comfort that our peace cometh not from the world nor can it but comes from the God of peace, YHWH!
In the sixth chapter of the book of Judges we encounter Gideon who is threshing wheat near a winepress so that the Midianites don’t spot him. He and his people had been taken captive because of their idolatry and sin against Yah. In the midst of his chores he encounters an Angel of YHWH and after a miraculous event Gideon finally accepts that he has been entertaining an Angel of Yah and becomes afraid. The Angel comforts him by saying “peace unto thee.” Now in verse 24 we see that Gideon names the altar that was built wherein his offering to Yah was consumed was called YHWH Shalom. While this phrase only appears once in scripture the word Shalom appears in 208 verses a total of 236 times.
In the midst of captivity and finding yourself in bondage those words are more comforting then having a million bucks. Now the characters that make up this word are:
When we put the characters together it means to consume () the authority () that establishes () chaos () or as we consume () the authority () of the established () word () then we can be at peace. Remember, scripture teaches us that Yahushah said that he gives us peace not as the world gives it, but he gives it unto us. (John 14:27) Well John already told us that Yahushah is the word of God and therefore he was only reminding his disciples of what he told Gideon here in Judges. (John 1:14)
The Strong’s concordance has the following to say about this word:
From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace: – X do, familiar, X fare, favour, + friend, X greet, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ly), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well, X wholly.
How many reading this can use some Shalom in your home? How many would like to invite the presence of the Almighty into your space to bring forth wellness, safety, happiness, his friendship, health and wealth? In the next episode of There’s Something About that Name we are going to get into one of the major Prophet’s book Ezekiel and discover YHWH Shammah.