5. JEHOVAH-SHALOM: “Jehovah is peace.”

When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the Lord, he said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now, I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.”And the Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die.” So then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it TheLord is Peace. To this day, it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites, Judg.6:22-24.

MEANING: Peace, wholeness, finished, making good a loss, welfare, well-being, perfect, the deepest desire of the human heart. In the Hebrew language, it also means harmony of relationship or a reconciliation based on the completion of a transaction, the payment of a debt, the giving of satisfaction.

PEACE OFFERING: A sacrifice, the shed blood of which provided atonement on which reconciliation and peace were based Lev. 3; 7:11- 21. Peace is broken by sin. Peace offerings restored fellowship between God and man.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace who was promised to us in the Old Testament. While on earth, Jesus preached and promised peace. He healed, comforted, and commanded the people to go in peace.

Jesus made peace for us through the blood of the cross. Our peace in him is measured by our ability to keep trusting Him and by our sanctification. Peace depends on trust and obedience. If we are carnally-minded, we will lack peace. Therefore, let us allow peace to rule in our hearts, Phil. 4:7,9; Col. 1:20; 3:15. There is no peace apart from Jesus, for individuals or nations.

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