Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites (Jdg. 6:24 KJV)
Jehovah Shalom means “the Lord is peace” from the Hebrew. Gideon, the Judge that God raised to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites is the one who built an altar to God and called it “Jehovah-Shalom” as above. Please note that it was the Altar he named, not the Lord Himself. However, this name was based on what the Lord told him in verse 23.
Gideon had a face-to-face encounter with the LORD who came as “The Angel of the Lord” and he was so afraid that he would die. In this fear, anxiety and worry, He heard the Lord say to him “Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die” (Jdg. 6:23 KJV). Immediately those words were spoken to him, all his fears and worries disappeared. The Lord was revealing Himself as the Giver of peace. It is no doubt Jehovah-shalom is now taken to a title of the Lord Himself.
As in all the Jehovah titles, the Lord as the Giver of peace finds its fulfillment in Jesus who is the Prince of peace. He said “peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (Jn. 14:27 KJV). Jesus is the fulfillment of The Jehovah of the Old Testament who gave peace to His people. His name Jesus embodies all the Titles and Names of God revealed in the Old Convenant!
How do we find peace with God? (Rom. 5:1). Declare that “I have joy unspeakable and peace that surpasses all understanding operating in my life every single day!”
APPLY THE WORD
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. You have to bear it. The Seed for the fruit is the Word. See Gideon’s experience above. The Gardener is the Holy Spirit. A crucial step to take to bear abundance of peace is to keep your mind on the Lord (Isa. 26:3, Rom. 8:6).
Thank the Lord for the Gift of peace in Christ Jesus.
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