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Shalom, Jerusalem


Do you remember this old Sunday School song?…

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy — down in my heart (where?), down in my heart (where?), down in my heart.
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy — down in my heart (where?), down in my heart to stay.

The verse repeats with the repetition of “joy” being replaced by “love of Jesus, love of Jesus” and then by “peace that passes understanding.” Of course, there are a number of other possible lines as seen in the Wikipedia article about the song. But the verse I want to focus on is the one that talks about peace that passes understanding. That can be defined in the Hebrew word Shalom.

In today’s reading from Leviticus 26:6 through Leviticus 26:9, we read of God’s promises of Shalom to the children of Israel. Again, it’s a short reading of only four verses, so I’ll paste it here in the post…

“‘I will give shalom in the land — you will lie down to sleep unafraid of anyone. I will rid the land of wild animals. The sword will not go through your land. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall before your sword. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand — your enemies will fall before your sword. “‘I will turn toward you, make you productive, increase your numbers and uphold my covenant with you.”

God’s peace is truly beyond understanding, and it is far more than what we consider peace these days. It is not peace as we understand it, where things must be in balance and comfort. And it is not an incomplete peace that can be broken by the enemy. It is peace that drives out all fear, all discouragement, and all unrest. The desire for this peace, and the claim of the covenant God made with Israel, may be the reason the word “shalom” is used as a greeting for both hello and good-bye, and I believe for bidding someone best wishes as well.

In Luke 10:5-6, Yeshua is giving instructions to the apostles and 70 other followers on how to minister His word as they go through the land. Upon arriving at each home, He gives them advice that we could all use as we enter into any home, business, or communication in each other’s lives…

Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘Shalom!’ to the household. If a seeker of shalom is there, your ‘Shalom!’ will find its rest with him; and if there isn’t, it will return to you.

So, it’s a win-win situation. If we walk in carrying this peace that passes understanding, and if we then pronounce it upon the houses we enter, it will either find rest with those who seek God, or it will return to us, and we will have this peace. It’s the reason I first say “Shalom,” as the welcome message on my answering machine. This world is filled with so much chaos and trouble that we need this complete and wonderful peace from God’s throne just to make it through each day. I don’t know how those without God even continue in this life, and the idea of being without God’s peace would seem to me the very definition of Hell.

God is not a man that He should lie, so that covenant is still with us, and it is still with Israel. He desires that two-way conversation of peace and love with His people. He dwells in our praises because it gives Him a chance to rain down His loving presence on those He most desires to share it with–whosoever will receive it. No matter what you may be going through, lift your voice up to Him in praise, and receive His peace like a river that passes all understanding. And while you’re at it, join me in praying, “Shalom, Jerusalem, today and always” every time you can think of it. There will come a day when those prayers, and the wishes in the above video (from songwriter and singer, Paul Wilbur) will come true for Israel, and then we will all rejoice with great joy as she receives her Messiah, our Prince of Shalom, Yeshua.

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May 4, 2014 - Posted by | Bible Study, Nonfiction, Torah Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. I must have said 57 amens while reading your post. I just ask one thing, that the word you were given, be for both our houses. That my books I write under His orders, go forth and bless the readers and the writer. I thank God He is a covenant keeper!

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    Comment by debbie peyron | May 5, 2014 | Reply

    • 57 Amens huh? I am honored. I am still floored that we would both write posts about peace on the same day without talking to each other or knowing it about each other. I love that God moves on us in tandem, and that He moves upon the world of all those who seek His presence. I agree in Yeshua’s Name to request His blessing on our writings to bless both readers and writers, and may we never forget His covenant with us.

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      Comment by Crystal A. Murray | May 5, 2014 | Reply


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