Seven Redemptive Names: 5. Yahweh Shalom (יהוה שׁלום) The LORD of Peace

The LORD has always been, is and will always be. He is eternal. This can actually be quite scary for us for we have of our lives here on earth and can only look forward (but ‘in sure and certain hope) to eternity in heaven. We will be with the LORD, and face to face with His awesome power (and how overwhelming tenderness) and in that, in our raw human state, there is a well-grounded fear, for we cannot look on perfection through sinful eyes and survive. As the LORD said to Moses:

But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20)

And so, it is so encouraging to know that the LORD is concerned for how we feel, how we react. He does not want fear, trembling and bondage. He offers us peace, love and fellowship.

And the name Yahweh-Shalom embodies just that – the LORD of peace. Gideon actually gave this name to an altar to the LORD. He had seen a messenger of the LORD – an angel – and he was convinced he would therefore die, having looked upon a messenger of God’s perfection. The angel assured him that he would not die and in gratitude to the LORD providing, protecting and sustaining:

So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD. He called it Yahweh Shalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah, which belongs to Abiezer’s family. (Judges 6:24)

No matter what is thrown against us, no matter how dangerous a path we are forced to take, we know that God is with us and where our true home is. And therefore, we need not fear, whatever evil is ranged against us.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

This gives us an example of the all-powerful peace that comes only from the LORD. Yahweh-Shalom is the LORD of peace, and so we need never fear evil; we know that God has triumphed.

Jesus gave us the same message of not just any peace, but of HIS holy peace; of Him:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Even though this is not expressly a name of Jesus, Isaiah prophesied that Jesus the Son would share names with God the Father – including the Prince of peace. So do not worry. Be at peace. Pray and seek God. Take for yourself that deep and overwhelming sense of true peace, where you accept that you are safe, you are known, you are loved and you are forgiven.

Now may the Yahweh-Shalom Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

[from Timothy Pitt]

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