Name of God
“The LORD our Peace”
The name Jehovah-Shalom was given by the Israelite judge, Gideon, to an altar he built. At this point in time, the Israelites were living in constant fear because an enemy from the east, the Midianites, had invaded the land and were plundering and wreaking havoc. The lives of Gideon and his people were in turmoil. Because of fear, Gideon decided to thresh his wheat at night under cover of darkness. His anxiety was so intense that he wasn’t even using his threshing floor. Rather, he was threshing his wheat in secret near his wine press.
Suddenly the Angel of the Lord appeared! Gideon’s immediate response was to ask questions about why turmoil and terror were happening. The Angel answered by telling him that he, Gideon, was to go and rescue his people. Not seeing himself as qualified, Gideon had questions and fear. He asked the Angel for a miracle. This account of how the Angel showed Gideon who He was by consuming Gideon’s offering is found in the Old Testament book of Judges. New fear struck Gideon because he thought he would die after seeing the Angel. But the Angel of the Lord assured him that he would not die as he had thought he would after seeing Him. In response, Gideon name the altar on which he had placed the offering “Jehovah-Shalom”.
Shalom is a derivative of the Hebrew shâlêm which means “be complete” or “sound”. Shalom is translated as “peace”, “harmony”, “wholeness”, “completeness”, “prosperity”, “welfare” and “tranquility”. In the Bible, Shalom is translated “peace” 170 times.
Application: Biblically, Shalom means that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship to God and to one’s fellow man. God defeats our enemies to bring us peace. Jesus is our Prince of Peace. God brings inner peace and harmony.
Scripture of Jehovah-Shalom
NLT:”And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.
NOG: “So Gideon built an altar there to Yahweh. He called it Yahweh Shalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah, which belongs to Abiezer’s family.”
Prayer to Jehovah-Shalom
Jesus, our Prince of Peace, made the way for us to have peace with You. That peace, that Shalom, is a light that is not darkened by the trials, struggles, or evil around me. My sin shakes my peace, but You, Jehovah-Shalom forgive, cleanse and restore my enjoyment of that peace.
Listen to the song “Jehovah-Shalom” by Shannon Wexelberg
Posted on Youtube, April 1, 2020
Jehovah-Shalom: Names of God Series
Posted on YouTube, Julj 23, 2013, by Grace Media
Download/Print CBJ’s “Jehovah Shalom Printable”
Ready to color and use as a tip-in, in your bible, as seen above. Drawn by Jill Briscoe.